Twist in Mitchell Pearce text scandal as the Newcastle halfback quits as captain

Mitchell Pearce has quit as captain of the Newcastle Knights. 

The decision was revealed on Wednesday with the 31-year-old expected to front media on Thursday to confirm he will be relinquishing the captaincy. 

He is tipped to announce it is his decision alone and not at the request of the club, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The announcement comes after Pearce's 'flirty' texts to a club staffer were revealed. 

Pearce is reportedly stepping down as captain to try and mend his relationship with his glamorous fiancee Kristin Scott, who he was due to marry on December 29.  

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The was due to be held in Byron Bay before 150 guests but was called off at the last minute, with some guests getting less than a week's notice of the changed plans.

Footy star Mitchell Pearce (pictured left) and fiancee Kristin Scott are still getting married - the wedding is only postponed, Pearce has said

Footy star Mitchell Pearce (pictured left) and fiancee Kristin Scott are still getting married - the is only postponed, Pearce has said

Mitchell Pearce and Kristin Scott (pictured above) at the Knights 2020 presentation night. Pearce is a highly respected player and will face his teammates later this week

Mitchell Pearce and Kristin Scott (pictured above) at the Knights 2020 presentation night. Pearce is a highly respected player and will face his teammates later this week

The couple (pictured) began dating early in 2019, with Ms Scott moving to Newcastle to live with Pearce. There is no suggest Pearce had any relations with the young staffer that went beyond a flirty text

The couple (pictured) began dating early in 2019, with Ms Scott moving to Newcastle to live with Pearce. There is no suggest Pearce had any relations with the young staffer that went beyond a flirty text

Knights general manager of football Danny Buderus has previously hinted Pearce may lose the captaincy but so far had thrown his support behind the much-loved veteran

Knights general manager of football Danny Buderus has previously hinted Pearce may lose the captaincy but so far had thrown his support behind the much-loved veteran

The star returned to the club for pre-season training this week, with the condemnation of the Knights' general manager of football Danny Buderus ringing in his ears, after the club great slammed Pearce's behaviour as 'not acceptable'. 

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It came after he was found to have sent 'flirty' text messages to a female staffer, which were discovered by the staffer's partner and became known to his fiancee. 

Buderus said the club culture is 'highly important and we need those players to adhere to that.' 

'There are standards in all parts of our organisation and that behaviour is not acceptable.' 

Pearce had told the Daily Telegraph the had not been cancelled, only postponed, and that Covid-related restrictions were to blame.

'I'm filthy about people spreading rumours,' he said.

Senior Knights management along with coach Adam O'Brien were previously said to be prepared to take the captaincy from Pearce. 

'Maybe that was going to be part of the leadership model moving forward anyway, with getting that pressure off Mitchell to play his own game,' Buderus said on Monday.

'Mitchell likes to be captain and if it was to go that way, it would hurt.' 

Pearce would also have to front his teammates, who began pre-season training on Monday, and explain his behaviour.

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