Why Pearce kissed the Knights logo

What a moment. What a visual.

It was Round 11 when Mitchell Pearce orchestrated a masterclass against his former team.

The nib Newcastle Knights skipper spearheaded an inspirational 38-12 victory in front of a packed house.

If the game was being summarised by a photo, it would be a shot of Pearce kissing the Knights emblem on his jersey after scoring a sizzling try.

Earlier in the week, his former Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson commented that Pearce will always be a Rooster.

Speaking on the Matty Johns show about his performance against the tricolours and that magical kiss, Pearce was asked if the act was out of passion or meant as a ‘statement’?

He replied; “For me it was passion for how good Newcastle has been for me” and to also “show where my heart is right now.”

Pearce went on to detail his time at the Roosters stating; “I spent a long time at the Roosters, I owe the Roosters so much.”

Having acknowledged the tricolours for the role they played in his career development, Pearce said his act towards the logo was a way for him to show his commitment to the team.

“I’m a Newcastle Knight now, and that’s what it was all about,” Pearce said.

“You close that door (and) appreciate what you’ve had there.”