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NRL veteran tells Super League star to avoid sensational NRL transfer

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There has been plenty of talk about a number of Super League stars who could head down under to the NRL.

One type of player in particular has been halfbacks especially with the likes of Wests Tigers and Canterbury Bulldogs in the market for a halfback.

The Tigers even offered Catalans Dragons star Mitchell Pearce a $1.5 million contract which was turned down at first.

Now it is being reported that Pearce is set to join former club Sydney Roosters in 2024 in a surprise reunion according to the Daily Telegraph.

The halfback recently  said he is open to a move back down under. He is in the final year of his contract but has an option for another year.

“I’m still open,” Pearce said on SEN.

“I’ll wait and see what happens. The Tigers thing came up. I declined on that, and I was really grateful. It was nice respect from the Tigers but I’m committed here for this season and I’m loyal to the club to try to win the comp this year.

“We’ll wait and see what happens next year. I’m obviously getting older and you appreciate every season you play at this age.

“I still feel like I’ve got some footy in me, but I’m fully committed to this season. I’ll see what happens after that.”

However, now a former teammate of Pearce’s, Wade Graham, has told him to avoid returning to the NRL.

“I feel like as a friend of Mitchell’s, he seems to be happy, he seems be enjoying his life and I’d say stay over there,” he said on Wide World of Sports.

“I had a conversation with him last year when I was off contract because I’ve publicly said I’m keen to go over to France at some stage of my career because of my partner’s French background.

“He was loving life, telling me how much he enjoyed the club, how much he enjoyed living over there, the experience, being out of the football bubble. You play footy on the weekend and then go about your business during the week, you just train … you’re just out of that pressure bubble that you live in, it was a shock to me when it came out (that he might return).”

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