Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues centre Latrell Mitchell has ended months of speculation surrounding his immediate playing future after signing a one-year deal with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, with an option on his services in the Club’s favour for season 2021.
Mitchell was released from the final year of his playing contract with the Sydney Roosters with immediate effect on Monday, and is expected to commence training as early as Tuesday.
Many suggest that Mitchell will don the Rabbitohs prized no.1 jersey, following in the footsteps of club legend Greg Inglis, although there has been no confirmation on where he will line-up in 2020.
Rabbitohs General Manager of Football Shane Richardson believes the club will provide the perfect opportunity for Mitchell to take his game to a new level this year.
"He has the ability to be one of the best players in the world and from our discussions with him he understands that it’s going to take a lot of hard work and effort for him to be at his best consistently and to reach his full potential," Richardson said.
“He will get that opportunity at the Rabbitohs, working with some wonderful mentors here in Wayne (Bennett), Jason (Demetriou), Ben (Hornby), Greg (Inglis), John (Sutton) and Sam (Burgess), and we’re really looking forward to seeing Latrell at his peak wearing the famous cardinal and myrtle jersey that so many greats of the game have worn before him."
The 22-year-old has already enjoyed a stellar career to date, playing 96 first-grade games with the Roosters and winning back-to-back premierships in 2018 and 2019, while having represented the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues and Australian Kangaroos on four occasions respectively.