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Discussion in 'NRL' started by Tommy Smith, Jul 29, 2018.
As I said Champ. I’ve seen the effort.
Obviously not putting in more than Bennett is aware of.
OR . . . YOU think YOU are seeing more than Bennett.
Souffs might just get Meninga in to pretend he’s Latrell. And that he’s lost weight
All capitals ffs.
How many times?
worse than it is now ?
sorry, I’ll get back in line
And he/she/they (unsure of preferred pronouns ) forgot the THE
They are a souths fan.
There’s a start for ya
I'm a Tigers fan and I'd take Latrell but not on the money he was asking for!
If Latrell doesn't pull his head out he's at risk of becoming the next Idris.
If Madge can keep Joey Leilua fit & interested you get 90% of what latrell can do + at a more consistent level imo. His 2019 was looking very, very good before his neck injury- he still had the swagger & strength but had tightened his discipline right up.
By Adrian Proszenko
April 13, 2020 — 7.45pm
Latrell Mitchell looks set to be embroiled in a fresh contract saga as South Sydney prepare to make a call on his future before he gets another chance to prove his worth.
The soap opera that was Mitchell’s departure from the Roosters was the biggest story of the off-season, ending only when he signed a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Rabbitohs in January. The contract contains an option in the club’s favour for the 2021 season, which the Herald has been told is worth $800,000 and must be activated by April 30.
However, Souths are baulking at triggering the extension as a number of factors conspire against Mitchell remaining at Redfern on top dollar. The premiership-winning centre displayed indifferent form in his only two appearances for the ‘Pride of the League’, which cast doubt on his shift to fullback. He played for just 55 minutes in the opening-round win against Cronulla before being benched, and he got less than an hour at fullback in the loss to Brisbane before being shifted into the centres to give Alex Johnston another crack at the custodian role.
Coach Wayne Bennett hoped Mitchell’s form would improve as he gained match fitness, but the coronavirus outbreak has robbed him of a chance to prove he is worth ‘fullback money’. The 24-year-old’s extension must be triggered a month before the NRL’s mooted restart date of May 28 and it’s unlikely that will occur. In letting it lapse, the Rabbitohs can renegotiate an extension at a lower price, a favourable outcome given the salary cap could drop next year due to the COVID-19 crisis.
If Mitchell is fit and firing at fullback, he represents good value at $800,000 at pre-coranavirus market rates. However, that figure is considered ‘overs’ if he ends up reverting to the centres at a time when there is downward pressure on player wages.
Long-time South Sydney powerbroker Shane Richardson had publicly stated that Mitchell’s contract option would be activated, but his own departure has clouded the future of the former Blues and Kangaroos representative.
Another consideration for the Rabbitohs is the emergence of Joseph Suaalii. The talented teen isn’t able to play first grade until his 18th birthday in August, but he is generating the sort of hype Mitchell created when he was coming through the junior grades. The former Rabbitohs under-16s captain is a genuine No.1 who was recently approached by Wallabies coach Dave Rennie in a bid to lure him to the 15-man game.
However, Suaalii is keen to fulfil his undoubted potential in the NRL.
Mitchell conceded he struggled to deal with the media interest surrounding his last round of contract negotiations, which included the Wests Tigers pulling their offer from the table. His Roosters exit also appeared to rub some former teammates the wrong way, if his war of words with Cooper Cronk over a trip home to Taree is any indication. Souths teammate Damien Cook even feared the constant attention could force Mitchell out of the game.
The fresh uncertainty over Mitchell’s future comes at a time of huge upheaval at Souths. Richardson has left the club after reportedly receiving a payout, and Bennett has confirmed next season will be his last at the club. Bennett's deputy, Jason Demetriou, will take over from 2022 after signing a deal that could take him through until the end of 2024, if the club takes up its option for that season.
Imagine a seat pisser dishing out a grammar lesson.
An interesting situation now with the contract option in favour of Souths.
What would Bunnies fans like to see happen???
Ideally, I'd like to see the best of Latrell playing for Souths. In the Souths forum earlier today I said no
However, considering the sometimes maligned Alex Johnston came on twice and made an instant impact is alarming. That said, in the Broncos game, once Latrell shifted to centre, he did look much better.
Soooo....if Latrell shifts to centre and can play good minutes and tear it up at his best, then I'm a hold. I'd like to give him a smidgen of benefit of the doubt. Latrell left centre, Johnston left winger...
At least we have seats to piss on
So do I...
Would you keep him on the extra 200 grand a year??
Of course they would. The winger they have is on close to that.
It was some amazing 4d chess from Mitchell to be on the cusp of getting shafted next year, after thankfully knocking back a mil a season!
Luckily, it was not ALL about the money for Latrell...
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