Posted: 23 November, 2016 by Triple M NRL / AAP

Roosters Looking To Lock Up Mitchell Pearce

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The Roosters are making a play at Mitchell Pearce that will see the rep play stay at Bondi for the remainder of his career.

Preliminary negotiations have started between club and playmaker with The Daily Telegraph reporting officials hope to have a new contract in place early next year.

"He’ll be a Rooster for life, hopefully," Roosters legend Anthony Minichiello told The Daily Telegraph.

"He will play the most games for the club, without doubt. You don’t see that many one-club players these days because of the whole business of the NRL."

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Earlier, Mitchell Pearce shouldered the blame for the Sydney Roosters' 2016 fall from grace, accepting his Australia Day embarrassment had wrought a big toll on the club.

The former NSW Origin playmaker admits that he should wear a lot of the responsibility after his side slid from minor premiers to 15th this NRL season.

The Roosters limped out of the blocks after Pearce was banned for eight weeks and sent to rehab to address personal problems following the emergence of the now infamous video of him simulating a sexual act with a dog.

"I had a lot of regret and a lot of shame, a lot of stuff going on for a long time and that didn't go away until I started to come back," Pearce told the Locker Room podcast.

"To be honest I still don't feel comfortable about it. We finished second last, I was a big reason for that."

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The 27-year-old admitted that he had a point to prove in 2017 and wanted to demonstrate he was a changed man.

"For me I learnt my lesson, I thought I came back and played really good footy but I think I've got a big year ahead of me," he said.

"Not because I owe anything ... But I've got to earn respect back and really ram home that you've learnt your lesson."

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