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Friday, 3 May 2019

'He’s got a fire in him that wants more'


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Roosters coach Trent Robinson has silenced whispers over a rumoured move for superstar centre Latrell Mitchell to South Sydney.

Speculation was rife earlier this week 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.

While there has not been official play for the centre who comes off contract at the end of next season, the rumour mill went into overdrive as fans couldn’t help but imagining the prodigy filling the boots of one of the game’s greatest of all time.

According to Robinson however, that appears an unlikely scenario as the two-time premiership-winning assuring his centre was in for the long-haul.

Latrell Mitchell and coach Trent Robinson

“Yes[he’ll be at the club long term],” Robinson assured on Friday afternoon.

“Latrell’s developed through here, we gave him a chance when other clubs wouldn’t. He’s on for this year and next and that’s our focus.

“There’s enough noise when it comes to recruitment around our club and what we have or haven’t done, but we’ve been pretty rock solid for a long time now about the players continuing on and developing at the club.

“We’ve spent a fair bit of time with him. We know what he needs and we also know what makes him perform.”

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

Mitchell has endured a trying season away from the field this year.

Just last week he revealed he had not been feeling himself and was frank over his self-perceived lacklustre form.

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.

Latrell Mitchell

Last month Mitchell was fined by police over an incident at a nightclub on the NSW mid-north coast last weekend.

While the youngster managed to avoid sanctions from the NRL over the incident, Robinson believed it was a “good lesson” for the 21-year-old in how to navigate the pit-falls of his fame away from the field.

“He’s 21 and he obviously had that incident month ago which was a good lesson for him, a good lesson for how he handles himself in the right way,” Robinson said.

“He obviously spoke about that, but he’s been good. He’s been performing for us, he’s obviously performed in some big moments.

Latrell Mitchell

“It’s the beauty of Latrell, he’s got his standard that he wants to play to, and he’s got a fire in him that wants more.”

“He’s a very visual person so that’s why people love watching him play. He’s going to deliver that at different occasions”

The Roosters clash with the Tigers on Saturday night at the SCG.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson has silenced whispers over a rumoured move for superstar centre Latrell Mitchell to South Sydney.

Speculation was rife earlier this week 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.

While there has not been official play for the centre who comes off contract at the end of next season, the rumour mill went into overdrive as fans couldn’t help but imagining the prodigy filling the boots of one of the game’s greatest of all time.

According to Robinson however, that appears an unlikely scenario as the two-time premiership-winning assuring his centre was in for the long-haul.

Latrell Mitchell and coach Trent Robinson

“Yes[he’ll be at the club long term],” Robinson assured on Friday afternoon.

“Latrell’s developed through here, we gave him a chance when other clubs wouldn’t. He’s on for this year and next and that’s our focus.

“There’s enough noise when it comes to recruitment around our club and what we have or haven’t done, but we’ve been pretty rock solid for a long time now about the players continuing on and developing at the club.

“We’ve spent a fair bit of time with him. We know what he needs and we also know what makes him perform.”

Latrell Mitchell wins it for Roosters

Mitchell has endured a trying season away from the field this year.

Just last week he revealed he had not been feeling himself and was frank over his self-perceived lacklustre form.

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.

Latrell Mitchell

Last month Mitchell was fined by police over an incident at a nightclub on the NSW mid-north coast last weekend.

While the youngster managed to avoid sanctions from the NRL over the incident, Robinson believed it was a “good lesson” for the 21-year-old in how to navigate the pit-falls of his fame away from the field.

“He’s 21 and he obviously had that incident month ago which was a good lesson for him, a good lesson for how he handles himself in the right way,” Robinson said.

“He obviously spoke about that, but he’s been good. He’s been performing for us, he’s obviously performed in some big moments.

Latrell Mitchell

“It’s the beauty of Latrell, he’s got his standard that he wants to play to, and he’s got a fire in him that wants more.”

“He’s a very visual person so that’s why people love watching him play. He’s going to deliver that at different occasions”

The Roosters clash with the Tigers on Saturday night at the SCG.

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