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Pearce confident of Roosters success

14/03/2009 02:27:52 PM Comments (0)

NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce is confident he can lead the Sydney Roosters to an NRL premiership after signing a deal to remain at the club until 2013.

The Roosters on Saturday announced that Pearce had extended his contract at the club a further three years with the 20-year-old charged with leading the club to a bright future.

Pearce said he did not hesitate in putting pen to paper as he has faith the Roosters are headed towards premiership success in the coming years.

"I've been happy at the club, I love the club and am glad to re-sign just before the season starts, it's good for me," said Pearce.

"I didn't really want to go anywhere else. It's the club I've always wanted to play for, I've been here since I was 16 so I'm happy and looking forward to the future.

"Obviously I felt I had a role here to play and I'm looking forward to the players that are coming through, the younger guys like myself here and hopefully we can win a premiership in the next few years."

Being a representative halfback Pearce said he was prepared for coach Brad Fittler to build the club's future around him wearing the No.7 jumper.

"It's a compliment I think. I've been here a couple of years now and the confidence is starting to build in the club," he said.

"I suppose the next sort of four years is pretty big for your development and I think that it's a good place I can develop, good coach, good bunch of boys and the club always fields a strong team so I'm pretty confident about the future.

"The last couple of years the club has sort of started to take big steps forward and I want to be part of that and I want to try and make the club go forward, so I'm looking forward to working with the other players and trying to do something special."

Fittler left no doubt that he felt Pearce was the man he would build the club's future around.

"I think Mitchell has got one of the brightest futures as a player and I think he allows the Roosters to be competitive for the next five years," said Fittler.

"Just in his character he's so competitive as a player and he will drive players through and make them better players.

"I think the experience of State of Origin last year, I think he's got to grow from that, and learn from those experiences and given what he did in the pre-season I think he's going to be a better player this year."

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