Mitchell Pearce has been pencilled in to make his return next weekend.

After tearing his pectoral against the Wests Tigers back in Round 7, his rehabilitation is complete and in unrestricted training.

He's been participating in contact work for more than three weeks now and back running the show on the field.

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Physical Performance Manager, Tony Ayoub, revealed it will be Pearce's call on whether he returns against Parramatta next Friday night. 


"He's had his first full session today, there was no restriction, he got through the session and he was pretty confident," Ayoub said.

"He's doing everything in the gym that we ask of him and some.

"You've got to try and pull him back (at times), he's just so positive and so professional in his approach.

"He's got another couple of sessions this week and then a full week next week.

"The way it's looking, there's definitely going to be positive news.


"He's definitely going to play Round 19 and if we can get him up for Round 18.

"The ultimate decision will be with him. It's how comfortable he feels.

"From our perspective, we're all hopeful he will play that Round 18."

Pearce mightn't be alone should he return against the Eels.

Daniel Saifiti is also pushing for a return next week.

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The forward has been sidelined with a lisfranc fracture but eyeing an early return.

"He's ticked a few boxes," Ayoub said.

"He's actually run a little quicker than we thought.

"I've got to get in contact with the surgeon, we haven't seen him for a follow-up but Daniel's really positive.

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"He's been hopping and jumping when he shouldn't have been and that's a positive sign.

"Looking at him in the gym and what he's done out on the field in the last couple of days, hopefully we might toss him into skills next week.

"He's one we're definitely going to play Round 19 and it's one of those ones, if we get it wrong, there's going to be some dire consequences with it. We just have to make sure we tick the right boxes."