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NRL 2022 draw: How will your club fare?

One club’s draw for next season stands head-and-shoulders above the rest, while the defending premiers have been handed a tough task in their bid for back-to-back titles.

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 19: Mitchell Pearce of the Knights in action during the round two NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Newcastle Knights at Central Coast Stadium on March 19, 2021, in Gosford, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Pearce heads for Newcastle Knights exit

Mitchell Pearce has one foot on the plane to France after requesting a release from the Knights and the search for a replacement is set to throw up some surprise contenders.