Hard works starts now for disgraced Pearce

Mitchell Pearce has returned from a rehabilitation clinic in Thailand. Photo: AAP Image
Mitchell Pearce has returned from a rehabilitation clinic in Thailand. Photo: AAP Image

Remorseful Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce admitted the four weeks he spent at an isolated rehabilitation clinic in Thailand was something he needed to do.

After arriving back in Australia, Pearce told a big media contingent at Sydney Airport he "totally humiliated" himself when he was captured on a mobile phone camera making a forceful advance on a woman, then simulating a sex act with a dog on Australia Day.

The 26-year-old, who was greeted at the airport by his relieved parents, former Balmain Tigers legend Wayne Pearce and mother Terri, said "the hard work starts now" in his bid to beat an alcohol problem.

The footage of Pearce's drunken antics was sold to media outlets and there were reports last week the Roosters were considering legal action over a breach of privacy. Pearce (pictured) is expected to be suspended for the opening six matches of the NRL season and fined $50,000, but he said he would cop any punishment on the chin.

"I totally humiliated myself and a lot of other people, so I'm not hiding from anything," he said.

"I'm coming back here with a clear head."

Pearce said the hard work he referred to would involve winning back the respect of his peers, family and fans.

"I'm a bit jetlagged - it's been a really challenging four weeks," he said.

"I haven't had a phone or TV for four weeks. I've been in isolation, but I've seen a lot of text messages that have meant the world to me."

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