RUGBY league legend Mark Geyer has warned the Roosters off ditching favourite son Mitchell Pearce in favour of Cooper Cronk, saying the switch won't change the club's fortunes.
Noise is growing louder around Cronk's pending deal with the Bondi club, and his signing could be announced within days.
But his arrival could push Pearce out the door.
Pearce - who has played all his 238 NRL games for the tricolours - has reportedly began exploring his options in regards to his future.
His fear is Cronk will push him out of his halfback position and he will be forced to take a back seat.
On Wednesday it was reported Manly has already had discussions with the NSW Origin playmaker, and Newcastle coach Nathan Brown confirmed his interest in the halfback.
But Geyer told Triple M's Grill Team he believes the Roosters will not be a better team with Cronk at No.7 instead of Pearce.
"No I don't think they are, I think they are pretty on par," Geyer said.
"(Cronk is) coming to a different culture, he hasn't got Cameron Smith, he hasn't got Billy Slater, he hasn't got Craig Bellamy.
"He's coming to Bondi kind of like a kid going into camp.
"I do think he's a better player (than Pearce), but not in this situation.
"The Roosters would be wrong to get rid of Mitchell Pearce."
Pearce led the Roosters to a premiership in 2013 and the club has won three of the past five minor premierships.
He's the incumbent NSW halfback but has been unable to unseat Cronk for the Australian jumper.
The Roosters are desperate to convert those minors into another premiership, but Geyer doesn't believe adding Cronk to the roster will be the key to a title.
"They came second this year, the Roosters. Everyone is saying Cooper Cronk is this saviour who is going to come and help them win the grand final," he said.
"Be careful what you wish for."
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