Infotainment Factory: Freddy responds to Gus' Latrell axing call

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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Freddy responds to Gus' Latrell axing call


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NSW coach Brad Fittler has defended Latrell Mitchell after Phil Gould said that the Blues centre would need to be dropped from Origin if his frame of mind didn't improve.

Mitchell, 21, copped heavy criticism over his Origin I performance as Queensland claimed a 1-0 series lead. He then angered the Roosters by going to Taree with his family, rather than returning to NRL duty. He won't play today's game against Penrith.

Gould wrote in a Sydney Morning Herald column that Mitchell - who split with his agent this season and is the subject of intense contract speculation - looked distracted. The iconic Blues coach said that it was up to the Roosters, not Fittler, to fix his issues.

"Honestly, as ridiculous as it sounds, you couldn’t possibly pick Mitchell for Origin II given his current frame of mind," Gould wrote.

"I don’t know this kid. I’ve only shaken his hand once. I don’t know what’s going on in his life. But blind Freddy can see his head isn’t into football. Injury, personal trauma, family issues, contract talks, outside influences, it could be a combination of a number of things.

"What I do know is that Fittler and the Blues don’t have the time to fix it. The Roosters need to fix Latrell. Then tell Fittler that Latrell is ready to go."

Fittler agreed that Mitchell had underperformed in Origin I but said it was no entirely the star's fault.

"If you go to the Queensland centres and look at [Will] Chambers' game, you go, 'He was really solid'. Their defence was fantastic," Fittler said on the Sunday Footy Show.

"Because Latrell is who he is at the moment and everyone wants to talk about him ... sometimes centres just don't get the great ball, or they don't get the opportunity to do the fantastic things.

"I think his defence was a little bit poor, and their communication on the edge. But I think you've got to cut them some slack some times, especially a young kid who, he's learning to be his best each week. Sometimes is takes people until they're 28, 29 to work out a routine to be your best every single week.

"Everybody's got to cut him a little bit of slack, but he's now got to get out and be better, obviously."

Fittler also denied that he had "hooked" five-eighth Cody Walker when he was replaced in the second half with Jack Wighton.

"No, he wasn't hooked," Fittler said, adding that he was impressed with Wighton.

"We needed to get out of our own end. It was just off the back of those errors and being camped down our end, we just needed someone who would run the ball.

"That's what sort of player Jack is. He's a five-eighth, but he runs like a back-rower.

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"I thought he had some great runs. He had a run there that was about a 20m run that actually ended up in a position where, unfortunately for him he threw an intercept pass, but it was also from a great, strong run where he took on Chambers and nearly got on the outside of him.

"He did exactly what we needed, Jack Wighton.

"If [Wighton] makes the pass, it's the greatest interchange ever done, because it all worked out. Cody was always going to the sideline and if we needed him, he was coming back on. It worked out that we needed him and he did a great job.

"I think the interchange worked great."

Queensland great Billy Slater added: "If it wasn't for a great play from Dane Gagai in taking the intercept, Jack Wighton's the hero. The interchange isn't even questioned."

NSW legend Peter Sterling pointed out that players who were 'hooked' rarely returned to the field - as Walker did for the final 10 minutes.

"I never seen a player hooked and put back on the field," he said.

"That's the point that needs to be made."

NSW coach Brad Fittler has defended Latrell Mitchell after Phil Gould said that the Blues centre would need to be dropped from Origin if his frame of mind didn't improve.

Mitchell, 21, copped heavy criticism over his Origin I performance as Queensland claimed a 1-0 series lead. He then angered the Roosters by going to Taree with his family, rather than returning to NRL duty. He won't play today's game against Penrith.

Gould wrote in a Sydney Morning Herald column that Mitchell - who split with his agent this season and is the subject of intense contract speculation - looked distracted. The iconic Blues coach said that it was up to the Roosters, not Fittler, to fix his issues.

"Honestly, as ridiculous as it sounds, you couldn’t possibly pick Mitchell for Origin II given his current frame of mind," Gould wrote.

"I don’t know this kid. I’ve only shaken his hand once. I don’t know what’s going on in his life. But blind Freddy can see his head isn’t into football. Injury, personal trauma, family issues, contract talks, outside influences, it could be a combination of a number of things.

"What I do know is that Fittler and the Blues don’t have the time to fix it. The Roosters need to fix Latrell. Then tell Fittler that Latrell is ready to go."

Fittler agreed that Mitchell had underperformed in Origin I but said it was no entirely the star's fault.

"If you go to the Queensland centres and look at [Will] Chambers' game, you go, 'He was really solid'. Their defence was fantastic," Fittler said on the Sunday Footy Show.

"Because Latrell is who he is at the moment and everyone wants to talk about him ... sometimes centres just don't get the great ball, or they don't get the opportunity to do the fantastic things.

"I think his defence was a little bit poor, and their communication on the edge. But I think you've got to cut them some slack some times, especially a young kid who, he's learning to be his best each week. Sometimes is takes people until they're 28, 29 to work out a routine to be your best every single week.

"Everybody's got to cut him a little bit of slack, but he's now got to get out and be better, obviously."

Fittler also denied that he had "hooked" five-eighth Cody Walker when he was replaced in the second half with Jack Wighton.

"No, he wasn't hooked," Fittler said, adding that he was impressed with Wighton.

"We needed to get out of our own end. It was just off the back of those errors and being camped down our end, we just needed someone who would run the ball.

"That's what sort of player Jack is. He's a five-eighth, but he runs like a back-rower.

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"I thought he had some great runs. He had a run there that was about a 20m run that actually ended up in a position where, unfortunately for him he threw an intercept pass, but it was also from a great, strong run where he took on Chambers and nearly got on the outside of him.

"He did exactly what we needed, Jack Wighton.

"If [Wighton] makes the pass, it's the greatest interchange ever done, because it all worked out. Cody was always going to the sideline and if we needed him, he was coming back on. It worked out that we needed him and he did a great job.

"I think the interchange worked great."

Queensland great Billy Slater added: "If it wasn't for a great play from Dane Gagai in taking the intercept, Jack Wighton's the hero. The interchange isn't even questioned."

NSW legend Peter Sterling pointed out that players who were 'hooked' rarely returned to the field - as Walker did for the final 10 minutes.

"I never seen a player hooked and put back on the field," he said.

"That's the point that needs to be made."

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