The long-running speculation over Latrell Mitchell’s future is over after the two-time premiership winner was officially unveiled as a member of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Souths had been widely reported as Mitchell’s most likely destination in recent weeks, despite being variously linked to the Cowboys, Tigers and Titans earlier, and Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett ruling out a move for the representative centre last month.
The Sydney Roosters formally announced Mitchell’s departure on Monday morning, three days after the player himself had confirmed he wouldn’t be with the Tri-Colours for the 2020 season in an Instagram post.
Just a few hours later, Mitchell officially put pen to paper on a one-year deal.
The contract he’s signed is worth $600,000, a significant drop from the million-dollar-a-year figures being thrown around late last year. However, there is a club option for a second year worth $800,000, should the Rabbitohs choose to exercise it.
Shane Richardson, South Sydney’s general manager of football, said Latrell was a “sublime talent” who could “go to another level in the red and green.”
“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.
“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,” he said.
The 22-year-old is the second major signing made by Souths recently, following last week’s news that Gold Coast forward Jai Arrow will join the Redfern club in 2021.