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Latrell Mitchell Signs

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  1. Souths Till I Die

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    Kleenex explosions in 3, 2, 1.....
     
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    I think our recruitment team have played this really well.
    All the risk with this contract is with Latrell.

    in addition Cody extended for $200k less than his asking price
     
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    Latrell Mitchell signs : https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2020/01/13/latrell-mitchell-signs/

    Oh my god, it's finally official!! You thought I went crazy on Friday when we all thought it was confirmed? You should have seen me just before! Once again, I leaped up and down the hallway in hysterics and I'm in tears of joy as I type this, not afraid to admit that. This is just so huge!

    What a huge moment for the club! Latrell is an absolute superstar and if all goes well and he stays, he can have an impact similar to GI. Of course that's a big if but even now, he is one of the best in the game.

    The deal could not have happened more perfectly either. The Roosters don't get their cash so get screwed over, we get him cheap and the option for 2021 is in OUR favour! That is just absolutely perfect for a superstar if you ask me!

    The biggest victory over the Roosters since the 2014 Preliminary Final. I am just over the moon!! Wow, wow, wow!!

    Well done to everyone involved and welcome home Latrell.
     
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    Richo cops a lot of shit for being arrogant and full of himself but you have to give it to the man, he knows how to negotiate contracts.

    Cook, Cody, Reynolds and Latrell combining will be good to watch.
     
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    Love this quote from Latrell at the press conference “I’d never played centre in my life and look how that turned out. Put me back where I belong and you’ll see”
     
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    Actually this is definitely the favourite part

    “Question: Did you ALWAYS thing you would end up here?
    LM : YES.“
     
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    Welcome to South Sydney Latrell : https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2020/01/13/latrell-signs-with-rabbitohs/

    Latrell Mitchell Press Conference: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2020/01/13/latrell-mitchell-joins-south-sydney-rabbitohs/

    Mitchell arrival means selection headache for Bennett : https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/01/13/mitchell-arrival-means-selection-headache-for-bennett/

    Official - First photo of Latrell Mitchell as a Rabbitoh after signing one-year deal: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...y/news-story/3ce9d0fd26d9bd0ed11649fd5efcabac

    Say hello to Souths’ new fullback! Latrell dons Bunnies jersey saying - ‘I was never a centre’: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/12149e8f4a0a17c5311660462ba0d2c7

    ‘I would’ve regretted the Tigers deal’ - Latrell explains why he snubbed $1m offer: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...g/news-story/3d3839e7fc99d3e61b2f690a87dd2e65

    Burning Questions - The biggest challenge Wayne Bennett will face to get the best out of new Bunny Latrell Mitchell: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...l/news-story/fe5698bb915500725bdd3f8a5e3d58da
     
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    I have never actually seen Latrell speak for a long time and seen him answer a number of questions in a row. However, after watching that Press Conference, I am absolutely blown away by how mature he is. Spoke very well and spoke from the heart. I get the feeling he has always been South Sydney and he has now come home!
     
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    It's a good deal for Souths and i hope that Latrell's gamble pays off for him as it should only mean good things for South Sydney.
     
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    What a way to come home from work!


    Yeeeesssssssss hell yeeeeeeeeaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh


    YYYYEEEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH


    I’ve just went running up and down the hallway here leaping in pure joy



    I’ve just belted out all of Glory Glory stuff the neighbours! Yessssssssss

    Eastern Suburbs Rorter crowed and then was conquered too!!!!

    I’m feeling a bit emotional tbh this is such a massive day for our great club, as silly as that sounds that’s how I honestly feel, the news brought a tear to my eye @callmack1 @Souths Till I Die @Mixo Joe @southsport @Handyman @NovoBunny94!

    On the way home as well I just picked up a BBQ chook no joke to have on rolls with salad for dinner!

    I feel like I’m in a fantasy world right now!
     
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    His Father said it’s a homecoming for his son and I think nothing else had to be said!

    I just don’t want some of our supporters to lay into him if he’s not great initially as it’ll take some time to settle.

    One thing I know for sure is his support play will be great.

    We’ve been crying out for a class fullback too
     
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    'He didn't even talk about football' - How Crowe won over Latrell : https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/01/14/he-didnt-even-talk-about-football-how-crowe-won-over-latrell/

    That is a great read, loved that!

    Latrell Mitchell at his best: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2020/01/14/latrell-mitchell-at-his-best/

    Crunching the numbers on Latrell at fullback. Souths fans should worry but there’s hope too: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...t/news-story/7e3988ef96c6b562584921634769f4a6

    What a bullshit article that is!! They're comparing Latrell at fullback in 2016 to the best fullbacks in the game. What a joke, how can you compare a rookie in a poor side that year to them?

    First photos - Latrell Mitchell all smiles in debut Rabbitohs training run: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...g/news-story/735cbc2f5516627aa9e4e22c288dfd51
     
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    From the Guardian.co.uk League writer. Excellent article.


    South Sydney go from strength to strength with capture of Latrell Mitchell


    The signing of the former Rooster puts the Rabbitohs close to premiership favouritism for 2020


    Nick TedeschiMon 13 Jan 2020 16.30 GMT

    The protracted contract saga that has seen Latrell Mitchell go through three player managers and get linked to at least five different clubs is over – for at least a year – with the star centre agreeing to terms with South Sydney.


    Mitchell has inked a one-year deal with the Rabbitohs and has an option for a further season, with the Roosters eventually agreeing to release the prodigy after putting one on their rivals by insisting the money Mitchell had been paid for this season thus far be repaid before he was allowed to exit.


    It has been a wild ride for Mitchell, who rejected an extension from the Roosters and immediately found himself on the outer with the club who withdrew the offer immediately. Mitchell was then linked with the Bulldogs, Tigers, Cowboys and the Titans before eventually linking with the Rabbitohs.


    The deal is a massive coup for the Rabbitohs and a significant win for Mitchell, who looked set to lose significantly after saying no to the Roosters.


    The Rabbitohs now have arguably the most potent backline in the NRL having landed the most dynamic player on the market. Mitchell will now follow up playing for Trent Robinson by learning at the feet of Wayne Bennett while playing for a club that has long been renowned as a leader in mentoring Indigenous talent.


    Souths have tremendous leadership in owner Russell Crowe, CEO Blake Solly, football GM Shane Richardson and coach Wayne Bennett. They are all very good operators who understand that a talent of Mitchell’s calibre is rare. They are also all confident enough in both their own abilities and the structures in place at South Sydney that will ensure Mitchell gets the care and attention he needs. Souths will not try and put a round peg in a square hole.


    They signed a similarly brilliant-yet-troubled player last season when James Roberts returned to the club. This is Souths’ wheelhouse. They have the genuine belief – and it comes across in their pitch – that Souths really do care and the result of that is unlocking the best out of their talent.


    The Rabbitohs backline is something to behold this season. Mitchell, viewed as a long-term fullback at Souths, will likely play this season in the centres, forming the most lethal midfield combination with Roberts since Mark Gasnier and Matt Cooper at the Dragons in the formative years of the NRL era.


    That pairing will play outside the ever-reliable Adam Reynolds and the sublime Cody Walker. Fullback Alex Johnston has played for Australia, as has winger Dane Gagai. Campbell Graham is an emerging talent who has been touted for higher honours.


    Teams often recruit to fill weaknesses. The best organisations build on strengths. The Rabbitohs had a very strong backline. They now have the best and most dynamic backline heading into the 2020 season. They have strengthened a strength.


    Attention now turns to luring Jai Arrow from the Gold Coast a year early. The retirements of Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess left Souths with a hefty war chest. They’ve bided their time but they are now unleashing. If they can get Arrow for 2020, the Rabbitohs would deservedly go close to premiership favouritism. Off a top-four finish, with an upgraded roster and a coach not signed long-term, Souths are a win-now team. They are all-in on winning a title over the next two seasons and if they get Mitchell and Arrow, the two most desired players on the open market, their list management gets an A+.


    Redfern is absolutely the right spot for Mitchell to boot once the bridge was burned at the Roosters. The two-time defending premiers had seen enough of the dramas surrounding Mitchell. A talented career could have gone down the gurgler at the Gold Coast or been stymied at the Bulldogs or Tigers outside some limited halves. Mitchell moves into an established culture with one of the great player coaches at the helm inside an extremely talented team ready to contend.


    Mitchell needs a stable and understanding environment more than anything right now. He found it at South Sydney.


    Taking all the drama out of it, this is clearly the most significant and impactful player move of the offseason. Mitchell is just 22 but has won two premierships, played four Origins and represented Australia four times. He is a rare talent and the best is still to come. This is a tremendous signing. It could be the signing that brings the most successful club in premiership history yet another title.
     
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