Knights coach Nathan Brown has refused to completely rule out signing Mitchell Pearce, despite Roosters chairman Nick Politis insisting the NSW Origin halfback is not on the market.
"The basic thing is that he is a Roosters player and obviously, they've got a desire to keep him," Brown told NRL.com.
"But I understand Mitchell has gone away to think about his future. Mitchell might be very happy with the situation that he's going to confront, or he might not be happy and he may want to change clubs.
"So there's a lot of water to flow under the bridge firstly on whether Mitchell is going to become available or not, or if the Roosters will allow him to become available."
The Knights are favourites, with the Sea Eagles, to secure the signature of Pearce, should he not want to play a 'super-sub' role with the Bondi club after the arrival of Cooper Cronk.