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Monday, 10 June 2019

Gus labels Mitchell a 'distraction' for Blues


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Legendary Blues coach Phil Gould has called New South Wales star Latrell Mitchell a “distraction” to the camp in his current state, and called for some honest conversations leading up to Game Two.

After starring for Brad Fittler’s side in last year’s series, Mitchell was notably quiet in the Game One defeat, and as a result there has been debate over whether the 21-year-old should be picked in the squad to play in Perth on Sunday June 23.

While Gould said he did not think the Blues could win Game Two without Mitchell, he added that Fittler needs to consider whether the blockbusting centre had become a distraction to the squad.

“I don't think NSW can win without him, but the question is: Will he be a distraction or will he be an asset?” Gould told Nine’s 100% Footy.

“In his current frame of mind and doing what he's doing right at the moment, not a month ago against the Wests Tigers, he'll be a distraction.

Latrell Mitchell

“He and the Roosters need to come to the Origin coach and say: 'We've sorted this. This is what needs to be done. He'll be ready.’ Once he does that, then you pick him and you get on with life.

“But I think they need to hear that from the Roosters and Latrell, and he'll be picked before he goes around on Sunday.

“If they can't do that, then Freddy's got to move on and get on with something else, otherwise this is going to distract everyone.

“The media is going to be talking about it all week. You don't need the distraction.”     

Mitchell has been somewhat distracted this season with a recent split with his management following rampant speculation linking him with a move to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and Gould suggested that it could have had an impact on his performance.

“This is the Roosters' issue, it's not Brad Fittler's issue,” Gould said.

Brad Fittler arrives back with the NSW team

“It's not up to the Origin squad or the Origin camp to fix what's going on with Latrell Mitchell. This is his club that's got to sort this out.

“Whilst they can come out publicly and say, 'He's 21 years of age and this is all rubbish’, they are concerned about him and his future.

“They've got to be delicate about it because they'd like to re-sign him.”

The speculation around Mitchell has been rife, but Blues legend Paul Gallen said it could serve as motivation for the Roosters young gun.

“I hope all this talk fires him up. I don't think the Blues can win without him,” he told 100% Footy.

“He's that X-Factor player that can bring something out. I'm hoping he gets out there and shuts everyone up and proves everyone wrong.”

Legendary Blues coach Phil Gould has called New South Wales star Latrell Mitchell a “distraction” to the camp in his current state, and called for some honest conversations leading up to Game Two.

After starring for Brad Fittler’s side in last year’s series, Mitchell was notably quiet in the Game One defeat, and as a result there has been debate over whether the 21-year-old should be picked in the squad to play in Perth on Sunday June 23.

While Gould said he did not think the Blues could win Game Two without Mitchell, he added that Fittler needs to consider whether the blockbusting centre had become a distraction to the squad.

“I don't think NSW can win without him, but the question is: Will he be a distraction or will he be an asset?” Gould told Nine’s 100% Footy.

“In his current frame of mind and doing what he's doing right at the moment, not a month ago against the Wests Tigers, he'll be a distraction.

Latrell Mitchell

“He and the Roosters need to come to the Origin coach and say: 'We've sorted this. This is what needs to be done. He'll be ready.’ Once he does that, then you pick him and you get on with life.

“But I think they need to hear that from the Roosters and Latrell, and he'll be picked before he goes around on Sunday.

“If they can't do that, then Freddy's got to move on and get on with something else, otherwise this is going to distract everyone.

“The media is going to be talking about it all week. You don't need the distraction.”     

Mitchell has been somewhat distracted this season with a recent split with his management following rampant speculation linking him with a move to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, and Gould suggested that it could have had an impact on his performance.

“This is the Roosters' issue, it's not Brad Fittler's issue,” Gould said.

Brad Fittler arrives back with the NSW team

“It's not up to the Origin squad or the Origin camp to fix what's going on with Latrell Mitchell. This is his club that's got to sort this out.

“Whilst they can come out publicly and say, 'He's 21 years of age and this is all rubbish’, they are concerned about him and his future.

“They've got to be delicate about it because they'd like to re-sign him.”

The speculation around Mitchell has been rife, but Blues legend Paul Gallen said it could serve as motivation for the Roosters young gun.

“I hope all this talk fires him up. I don't think the Blues can win without him,” he told 100% Footy.

“He's that X-Factor player that can bring something out. I'm hoping he gets out there and shuts everyone up and proves everyone wrong.”

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