In his losses for NSW, Pearce was up against a dominant Queensland side featuring Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Johnathan Thurston, Greg Inglis and a lot of stand-out forwards like Matthew Scott, Corey Parker and Sam Thaiday.
The man tried his heart out and Jarryd Hayne cost NSW the victory in 2017, not Mitchell Pearce.
Since he’s come to the Newcastle Knights, he’s turned his whole career around.
He helped the Knights complete their head-to-toe rebuild and has become the heart and soul of the club since Nathan Ross had to retire.
Mitchell Pearce wins it in golden point for the Knights. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)
The fans love the man and he’s loves them right back. He goes out of his way to mingle with them, take photos, signs things and even say hi to the little ones.
A close friend of mine named his latest son after him.
Mitchell Pearce has been in career best form. He scored in five straight matches, at one point led the Dally M Medallist count and has shown he can cope with pressure.
Been saying it for years. Years! Yet more than a decade after he called time on his illustrious career – a career which saw him play all 249 of his NRL matches for the Newcastle Knights – there is still no statue of Andrew Johns at McDonald Jones Stadium.