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Pearce hopes Robinson will stick around

Trent Robinson at the Roosters fan day

Mitchell Pearce hopes Trent Robinson will coach him for the remainder of his NRL career and believes Sunday's grand final success can be the first of many for the Sydney Roosters.
Pearce hopes Robinson will stick around
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, Oct 7 AAP - Mitchell Pearce hopes Trent Robinson will coach him for the remainder of his NRL career and believes Sunday's grand final success can be the first of many for the Sydney Roosters.

A jubilant Pearce called the 26-18 win over Manly the "greatest moment" of his life, as he celebrated at ANZ Stadium and the 24-year-old NSW star reiterated his claim Robinson can emulate the achievements of Wayne Bennett.

"I was laughed at last week when I said Robbo could be one of the greatest coaches ever. I think people can see now what I mean," Pearce told AAP.

"He has turned this club around since he came in and now we've won a grand final in his first season. No one can ever take this away from us - we deserve this."

Robinson's first act when he took over the coaching reins from Brian Smith at the start of the year was to make sure Pearce put pen to paper on a new five-year deal.

The 24-year-old had endured a strained relationship with Smith but hailed Robinson for the way he helped him refocus following the agony of defeat and an under-par display against Queensland in the State of Origin decider in July.

"Robbo and I spoke about a few things after that game and we agreed the best way forward was to put it all behind me," he said.

"People still want to talk about it, but I have won a premiership now and this is a day I'll never forget. Everything else is history.

"Robbo is still a young coach and we are a young team. I hope he's here for the rest of my career so he can lead us to more success."

Robinson is the lowest-paid coach in the NRL and is almost certain to start discussions with the club about extending his deal in the off-season.

Roosters CEO Brian Canavan said the decision to hire Robinson had been more than vindicated and the 36-year-old was going nowhere.

"He's got two years on his contract and I am sure we will start talking at some stage," Canavan told AAP.

"But we are just enjoying the moment - but rest assured, we all want him to be here for a long time. He's done a great job."

Pearce made his debut for the Roosters as a 17-year-old in 2007 and admitted his emotions got the better of him at the final siren.

"I have grown up at this club and came through with blokes like Skiddsy (Shaun Kenny-Dowall), Mitch Aubusson, Frank-Paul (Nuuausala) and Jake Friend," he said.

"We've been through a lot together and winning with those boys makes it really special."

Roosters hardman Jared Waerea-Hargreaves admitted he "cried buckets" at the end of the game and said the memories of the 2010 loss to St George Illawarra could be erased.

"I don't like to admit it, but I saw a few of the boys go and that made me go to," Waerea-Hargreaves said.

"I stood here in 2010 speaking to the media and remember thinking it was the worst feeling ever.

"But we don't have to worry about that anymore. We've won the comp and it feels amazing."




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