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 Australia Roo's
Next Game: The Season has finished
Cronk wants Pearce to stay at the Roosters
30 Oct 2017
The Sydney Roosters are trying to retain Mitchell Pearce after signing NRL superstar Cooper Cronk to a two-year deal worth around a million dollars a season.

Prized signing Cooper Cronk says his "preferred option" is for disgruntled NRL halfback Mitchell Pearce to remain at the Sydney Roosters.

Ending months of speculation, Cronk said he was delighted to be starting a "new chapter" in his career and life after announcing mid-season he'd leave Melbourne to join his fiancee in Sydney in 2018.

Now Roosters fans are anxiously awaiting the fate of Pearce after coach Trent Robinson met for crisis talks with the incumbent NSW State of Origin No.7 on Monday.

Pearce, who has two years remaining on his contract, is being strongly pursued by Manly and has also been linked to Cronulla and Newcastle.

The 28-year-old reportedly told Robinson last week he wanted to explore other options, but Robinson remains adamant Pearce has a future at the Roosters despite the club now having three representative halves.

With Cronk presumably now atop the No.7 pecking order, Pearce will have to either fight Luke Keary for the five-eighth jumper or come off the bench.

A super-sub role would likely include Pearce needing to place his head in the scrum while filling a cameo role relieving co-captain and dummy-half Jake Friend.

Cronk, though, believes Robinson can make it work and told Pearce as much during "a chat" with his Origin counterpart on Monday.

"It wasn't me about convincing him or preaching or anything like that. Mitchell's been front and centre of the Roosters for a long time," the champion Queensland half said on Fox sports' NRL 360.

"He's got an arsenal of weapons to play in the halves and dominate.

"It's going to be something that we can work together. That's my preferred option; is that everyone stays and buys into the Roosters culture, which I'm going to have to dive straight into and understand as quickly as I possibly can.

"From my point of view, as long as every player's got the ability, can be selfless, work hard and - when it comes down to the crunch - put the team first, then I'm sure what system Trent chooses on a Saturday night or a Friday night or whatever time slot that we play, I'm sure the best team will be out on the paddock."

While Cronk will officially join the Roosters in early 2018 following his World Cup commitments with Australia, Pearce has plenty of options if he indeed wants out of the Roosters.

Manly coach Trent Barrett is a big fan, but the Blues playmaker would also have to jostle with Daly Cherry-Evans for the Sea Eagles' No.7 spot - or play five-eighth.

Cronulla would appear the best fit for Pearce if he leaves the Roosters.

He could reunite in the halves with 2013 grand final-winning teammate James Maloney in a Sharks outfit that would feature half the Blues backline should Pearce join St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan in arriving next season.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown has also expressed interest in Pearce, having already snapped up the Roosters trio of Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Aidan Guerra and Connor Watson.

Pearce will command around $800,000 a season to leave the Roosters.

Cronk, meanwhile, will be paid a reported $1 million a season after ending his hugely successful 14-year career with the Storm, where he contested seven grand finals and won premierships in 2012 and 2017.

SUPER COOPER - CAREER OF COOPER CRONK

NRL

2004-2017: 323 games for Melbourne including premierships in 2012 and 2017

State of Origin

2010-2017:- 22 games for Queensland including series wins in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Internationals

2007-2017 - 34 Tests for Australia

Awards

* Dally M player of the year: 2013 and 2016

* Golden Boot award for best player in the world: 2016

* Clive Churchill Medallist: 2012

* Dally M halfback of the year: 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016.

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Last Game: The Roo's won against the New Zealand Kiwis 28 - 10 at WestpacTrust Stadium, New Zealand (5974 days ago)  game results here
 Australia Roo's Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played
 Away Games
    Away Wins 0 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries:
 Total Goals:
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For:
 Total Points Against:
 Leagues the Australia Roo's are in
1998 International Test Series - Australia, 1999 Anzac Test - Australia vs New Zealand, 1999 International Tri-Series, 2000 Anzac Test - Australia vs New Zealand, 2000 World Cup - Group 1, 2000 World Cup - Quarter Finals, 2000 World Cup - Semi Finals, 2000 World Cup - Final, 2001 International Test Series - Australia, 2002 KENO Test - Australia vs New Zealand,

 Players in 2001
Adam MacDougall, Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Bradley Meyers, Bryan Fletcher, Dane Carlaw, Danny Buderus, Darren Lockyer, Jason Stevens, Lote Tuqiri, Matthew Gidley, Peter Civoniceva, Robbie Kearns, Ryan Girdler, Shane Webke, Trent Barrett, Wendell Sailor,

 Players in 2000
Ben Kennedy, Brett Hetherington, Brett Kimmorely, Chris McKenna, Craig Gower, Craig Kimmorley, Darren Britt, Gordon Tallis, Jason Croker, Jason Smith, Matt Rogers, Michael Vella, Nathan Hindmarsh, Rodney Howe, Scott Hill, Shaun Timmins, Terry Hill,

 Players in 1999
Allan Langer, Darren Smith, Glenn Lazarus, Laurie Daley, Matt Sing, Matthew Johns, Nik Kosef, Robbie Ross, Rodney Howe, Russell Richardson, Steve Price,

 Players in 1998
Ben Ikin, Brad Thorn, Dean Pay, Geoff Toovey, Jason Hetherington, Kevin Walters, Paul Harragon, Robbie O'Davis, Steve Menzies, Steve Renouf, Tim Brasher,
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Last Results

Friday, 13 Jul, 2001
Australia 28
New Zealand 10


Sunday, 26 Nov, 2000
World Cup Final
Australia 40
New Zealand 12


Monday, 20 Nov, 2000
World Cup Semi
Australia 46
Wales 22


Sunday, 12 Nov, 2000
World Cup Qtr
Australia 66
Samoa 10


Sunday, 5 Nov, 2000
Australia 110
Russia 4


Thursday, 2 Nov, 2000
Australia 66
Fiji 8


Sunday, 29 Oct, 2000
Australia 22
England 2


Friday, 21 Apr, 2000
Australia 52
New Zealand 0


Friday, 5 Nov, 1999
Australia 22
New Zealand 20


Friday, 22 Oct, 1999
Australia 42
Britain 6


2000 WORLD CUP - QUARTER FINALS LADDER
Round 1
November 12nd - 13rd
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Australia   2 
 2   New Zealand   2 
 3   Wales   2 
 4   England   2 
 5   Ireland   0 
 6   PNG   0 
 7   France   0 
 8   Samoa   0 
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