South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett has endorsed Latrell Mitchell’s fullback credentials after declaring he could thrive as one of the premier No.1’s in Rugby League.
The Rabbitohs announced the signing of Mitchell to a one-year deal on Monday after he was released from the final year of his contract from the Sydney Roosters with immediate effect.
Speculation surrounds where the 22-year-old will line up for the cardinal and myrtle in 2020, although Bennett appears to be fond of the idea of playing Mitchell in his preferred position of fullback.
“It’s a hard decision and some of those longer-term boys have played great footy for us but we couldn’t go past the opportunity to get Latrell,” Bennett said on Monday.
“I do (see Latrell as a long-term fullback). I'm sure he won't struggle making that his own. He's got a lot of attributes I like.”
Mitchell made his NRL debut with the Roosters in 2016, playing 16 games at fullback in a breakout year which saw him emerge as one of the NRL’s most exciting prospects.
He embraced the challenge of donning the Rabbitohs No.1 jersey and remains focused on making it his own.
“I’ve always come up as a fullback, I was never a centre,” he said.
"I'm here to prove myself. Greg has left a great legacy.
"I'm not in a shadow of anyone.
"We're similar players and I get that. He's done well for himself and that's all I want to do.
“I look forward to the challenge, that's all I'm worried about.”