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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Fresh twist in Mitchell South Sydney rumours


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NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler has revealed Latrell Mitchell is undergoing “manager problems” amid reports South Sydney are interested in making a play for the Roosters superstar.

Speculation was rife on Monday after reports emerged the Roosters were aware there had been people in Mitchell’s ear suggesting a move to Redfern would be the right fit in the wake of Greg Inglis recent retirement.

A mesmerising performance against the Storm in Round 6 earned the 21-year-old further comparisons to the great Inglis, and the start of his career has led to excited predictions that he could be the heir to the throne of the retired great as the most talented centre/fullback in the game.

Mitchell’s father Matt played for Souths, so there is also a family link to the club. But while there has not been official play for the centre who comes off contract at the end of next season, Fittler was baffled as to why the prodigy would even consider the move, suggesting managerial factors could be at play.

Latrell Mitchell and Greg Inglis

“All the talk now is whether he’s staying at the Roosters or going to the Bunnies,” Fittler said on Wide World of Sports’ Freddy & the Eighth.

“I know he’s got manager problems at the moment, he might be changing managers.

“There’s a lot going on with Latrell. I’m not sure why. He seemed to have such a fantastic season last year, you’d think he would be quite content and settled, but it seems not the case at the moment.

“He needs to just calm down, get some things sorted.”

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

One reason the young gun may be eyeing a potential move could be his desire to move into the five eighth position.

Mitchell has made no secret of his desire to step into the play-maker’s role and stalling on those plans could perhaps disaffect the youngster at the Tricolours, but NRL immortal Andrew Johns assured it’s not the right position for him.

“No[Latrell Mitchell couldn’t be the future five eighth for the roosters]”

“For me he’s the best centre in the world, the best strike player in the game.

Mitchell's GI tribute

“If he goes to five eighth he’ll be doing triple the amount of defence he’s doing at left centre.

“I think later in his career maybe, in eight or ten years’ time, but for me he’s a centre.”

Speculation that the Rabbitohs are keen to swoop on Mitchell comes at an interesting time for the young gun following a cryptic press conference last Friday that threw questions over his current mindset.

Mitchell was frank over his self-perceived lacklustre 2019 form and revealed he had not been feeling himself.

Latrell Mitchell

Probed to elaborate, Mitchell was coy, stating he had some personal issues to work through.

“There are a few things going on ... that I don't need to talk about [publicly],” he said.

The Rabbitohs have also been linked with a play for Broncos’ centre James Roberts, who is close to Wayne Bennett and has struggled this season with an achilles injury and personal issues.

Roberts is no longer an automatic pick in the Broncos’ starting side under Anthony Seibold and despite having a contract tying him to Brisbane until 2021 there is speculation that the club would not stand in his way if he found a new home.

NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler has revealed Latrell Mitchell is undergoing “manager problems” amid reports South Sydney are interested in making a play for the Roosters superstar.

Speculation was rife on Monday after reports emerged the Roosters were aware there had been people in Mitchell’s ear suggesting a move to Redfern would be the right fit in the wake of Greg Inglis recent retirement.

A mesmerising performance against the Storm in Round 6 earned the 21-year-old further comparisons to the great Inglis, and the start of his career has led to excited predictions that he could be the heir to the throne of the retired great as the most talented centre/fullback in the game.

Mitchell’s father Matt played for Souths, so there is also a family link to the club. But while there has not been official play for the centre who comes off contract at the end of next season, Fittler was baffled as to why the prodigy would even consider the move, suggesting managerial factors could be at play.

Latrell Mitchell and Greg Inglis

“All the talk now is whether he’s staying at the Roosters or going to the Bunnies,” Fittler said on Wide World of Sports’ Freddy & the Eighth.

“I know he’s got manager problems at the moment, he might be changing managers.

“There’s a lot going on with Latrell. I’m not sure why. He seemed to have such a fantastic season last year, you’d think he would be quite content and settled, but it seems not the case at the moment.

“He needs to just calm down, get some things sorted.”

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

One reason the young gun may be eyeing a potential move could be his desire to move into the five eighth position.

Mitchell has made no secret of his desire to step into the play-maker’s role and stalling on those plans could perhaps disaffect the youngster at the Tricolours, but NRL immortal Andrew Johns assured it’s not the right position for him.

“No[Latrell Mitchell couldn’t be the future five eighth for the roosters]”

“For me he’s the best centre in the world, the best strike player in the game.

Mitchell's GI tribute

“If he goes to five eighth he’ll be doing triple the amount of defence he’s doing at left centre.

“I think later in his career maybe, in eight or ten years’ time, but for me he’s a centre.”

Speculation that the Rabbitohs are keen to swoop on Mitchell comes at an interesting time for the young gun following a cryptic press conference last Friday that threw questions over his current mindset.

Mitchell was frank over his self-perceived lacklustre 2019 form and revealed he had not been feeling himself.

Latrell Mitchell

Probed to elaborate, Mitchell was coy, stating he had some personal issues to work through.

“There are a few things going on ... that I don't need to talk about [publicly],” he said.

The Rabbitohs have also been linked with a play for Broncos’ centre James Roberts, who is close to Wayne Bennett and has struggled this season with an achilles injury and personal issues.

Roberts is no longer an automatic pick in the Broncos’ starting side under Anthony Seibold and despite having a contract tying him to Brisbane until 2021 there is speculation that the club would not stand in his way if he found a new home.

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