The long-running saga over Latrell Mitchell’s NRL future has come to an end, with the representative centre confirming he has left the Sydney Roosters. He is set to be announced as a South Sydney Rabbitohs player in the coming days.
Mitchell’s future has been up in the air for several weeks despite being under contract with the Roosters for 2020.
However, the 22-year-old today confirmed his departure from the club via an Instagram post, thanking the side he won two premierships with, as well as his fans and teammates.
“Firstly I want to thank the Sydney Roosters for everything they have done for me and my family,” the post read.
“I can not describe the way I feel right now but just wanted to let everyone know involved in my career through my stint here, I am so very grateful for you all…
“Nothing has been made official as of yet. But my stay at the Roosters has come to an end. Onto the next chapter wherever that may be.”
The Roosters granted Mitchell leave before the start of their pre-season training, and a deal with Souths is expected to be announced in the coming days.
The Rabbitohs had tabled a one-year deal worth $400,000 to Mitchell but it’s unclear if Gold Coast’s reluctance to allow forward Jai Arrow to join Souths in 2020 has allowed the Redfern-based club to increase their offer.
Before any announcement is made official, Mitchell’s move needs ratifying by the NRL’s salary cap auditor Richard Gardham.
The Roosters are also expected to ask for the $116,000 they have paid Mitchell since November to be returned to them, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, in another stumbling block to the move.
Gardham has announced he’ll use the earnings of every player in the competition to determine Mitchell’s market value with the Souths deal far less than the reported $1 million per season he was offered by Wests Tigers and a withdrawn $800,000 per year deal from the Roosters.