News Latrell Mitchell Signs

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S J S J what’d you make of the signing?
Just not sure Rabbits 21 Rabbits 21 He is a top player - great kicker - but you have this already. He is a good ball runner - but we saw in the Test/SOO he doesn't like the tough bits.

He is what I'd call a "flat track bully". On his day - when you are winning he'll go VERY well. BUT - he's no Sam B - who'd die in the trenches for the team. I feel Arrow is like Sam - a real Benny player (eg Gillette).

Michell is more like your other big signing - Jimmy the Jet. On their day they will win matches - but the rest of the team may have to carry them at times - imo.

If you have a really tough match - he could cost you (ie close game, hard slog, he has to defend a bit).

I hate to see you lose Walker, Johnson or Doueihi because of this signing.

I guess I think he's a "lazy" player. Heaps of ability and skill but doesn't put in 100%. :)
 

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Just not sure Rabbits 21 Rabbits 21 He is a top player - great kicker - but you have this already. He is a good ball runner - but we saw in the Test/SOO he doesn't like the tough bits.

He is what I'd call a "flat track bully". On his day - when you are winning he'll go VERY well. BUT - he's no Sam B - who'd die in the trenches for the team. I feel Arrow is like Sam - a real Benny player (eg Gillette).

Michell is more like your other big signing - Jimmy the Jet. On their day they will win matches - but the rest of the team may have to carry them at times - imo.

If you have a really tough match - he could cost you (ie close game, hard slog, he has to defend a bit).

I hate to see you lose Walker, Johnson or Doueihi because of this signing.

I guess I think he's a "lazy" player. Heaps of ability and skill but doesn't put in 100%. :)
Hopefully Bennett is what’s best for him.

I believe he can be a top fullback and that’s what we are missing.
 
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Just not sure Rabbits 21 Rabbits 21 He is a top player - great kicker - but you have this already. He is a good ball runner - but we saw in the Test/SOO he doesn't like the tough bits.

He is what I'd call a "flat track bully". On his day - when you are winning he'll go VERY well. BUT - he's no Sam B - who'd die in the trenches for the team. I feel Arrow is like Sam - a real Benny player (eg Gillette).

Michell is more like your other big signing - Jimmy the Jet. On their day they will win matches - but the rest of the team may have to carry them at times - imo.

If you have a really tough match - he could cost you (ie close game, hard slog, he has to defend a bit).

I hate to see you lose Walker, Johnson or Doueihi because of this signing.

I guess I think he's a "lazy" player. Heaps of ability and skill but doesn't put in 100%. :)
I think you'll see a different player SJ. There's nowhere to hide at fullback he'll have constant involvement. The talk and setting defensive patterns is where he'll struggle at first. Luckily for us he's played with some of these guys already so shouldn't be reluctant to order them around. Im expecting at least the equal of GI back there and that spells danger for all opposing teams.
 
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Starting backline if Johnston remains will likely be the following:

Mitchell
Graham
Burns
Roberts
Johnston

That's pretty good with plenty of explosiveness and points there. Doueihi will be on the bench. Gagai will likely be on the way out he appears stressed in training photos and he looks different. Bennett would probably desire his swap for Arrow.
 
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Latrell Mitchell Members Address: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2020/01/14/latrell-mitchell-members-address-2/

Latrell Mitchell becomes a Rabbitoh: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2020/01/14/latrell-mitchell-becomes-a-rabbitoh/

'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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Disclaimer, I’ve had a load of whiskey this evening, however I have some thoughts:

Yesterday prior to the press conference I got to spend a bit of time with Latrell’s Management Team. They were BEAMING, you couldn’t believe their smiles. They mentioned several times how Latrell only ever wanted to come here, how much money he sacrificed in doing so and how much it meant to link with the Indigenous heartbeat of our club.

Shortly after I left the offices on Chalmers street and crossed the road to a forming crowd. It was a mix of well dressed journos, your average Joe and an abundance of Indigenous children and elders.

As Latrell exited the offices and crossed the road towards the field he was surrounded by a flurry of cameras and jounros, with a few of us tragics mixed in. He spotted an Aboriginal elder sitting to the side on a bench near the cafe and broke from the scrum to say hello. It seemed like they knew each other, without knowing each other at all, a sacred bond only our Indigenous people share. While the cameras waited and the crowd gathered around the podium, Latrell stayed right where he was, sharing his moment with his people. Soon, he was surrounded by a dozen kids, mostly Aboriginal, mostly wearing Souths jerseys. And the look in his eye said “I’m home”.

It was a touching sight. In that moment I looked across to his Management Team and their smiles, which seemingly couldn’t grow larger than they previously were, had somehow grown again. “He’s right where he needs to be, this is more than a game for him” they said. And they were right.

And now, he’s ours.

Night all x

From Matty B off the Warren.
 
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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.

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Latrell Mitchell won two NRL premierships with the Roosters. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP
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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Could be an absolute champion for Souths but i worry about the advice he is getting.
Barrie.. Mitchell could already be classified as a Champion! At barely 22 years young Two Titles, one more than the revered Sam B. Mitchell is a great import the power and game breaking speed will be something to behold. Combined with Cook Walker Reynolds and Murray, Mitchell could be special. He obviously wants greater recognition and has backed himself as capable of thus. With Tabasco Sauce the lamp lighter at Easts, Mitchell knows he would not be El Hombre there. Bennett will make him that at The 100 Pipers.
 

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Could be an absolute champion for Souths but i worry about the advice he is getting.
He'll be getting advice from WB & GI now--that can't be too bad !!!

This kid has every conceivable RL skill one can imagine, & in spades---all we have to do is harness that innate ability.

We have no better mentor in the RL business to achieve Latrell's very,very best in WB !!
 
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