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The nib Newcastle Knights are delighted to announce Mitchell Pearce has agreed to a four-year contract.

Pearce joins the Knights from the Sydney Roosters, where he played 238 NRL games. The 28-year-old halfback has also played 17 State of Origin matches.

“This is wonderful news for the Club and for all of our Members and supporters,” General Manager Football Darren Mooney said.

“Mitchell is committed to our Club’s rebuild and wants to be here for the long-term.

“He brings experience and leadership, and without doubt he will complement our young squad.”

Coach Nathan Brown added, “Mitch will play an important role with the development of our young halves and will also be influential in the overall growth of our side.

“Mitch has an exceptional kicking game and is a great competitor.

“He has some big game experience and I know he comes here wanting to be a leader.”

Pearce, who will commence pre-season training on Monday, is excited to join the Club.

“I see a group of guys working hard and on the way up and I want to be part of making this team strong again for the town,” Pearce said.

"I am passionate about helping and leading the young players at the Club.

“From the moment I spoke to Nathan (Brown) and Darren (Mooney) about where the Club is heading, I knew this is where I wanted to be.

“I can’t wait to get stuck in and start with the guys on Monday.”