The experiment could be over, and I don’t know whether Souths fans should be sad or excited because new recruit Latrell Mitchell has reverted to centre. But at what cost?
The COVID-19 pandemic has suspended the NRL competition for the time being, but Wayne Bennett is going to have a tough chat with Mitchell.
He started his fullback career at Souths very poorly, after playing 55 minutes in Round 1 with six runs for 61 metres, one tackle break and one error.
His Round 2 stats look slightly better. He played 80 minutes but the final 20 minutes was out at left centre replacing Braidon Burns while Alex Johnston played fullback. But Mitchell looked good at centre having a couple of good runs but threw a wobbly ball to Campbell Graham that went out over the sideline.
Alex Johnston came on the field with 22 minutes left and had seven runs for 38 metres and scored a try off a rebound from a Broncos player.
South Sydney are 1-1 after winning in Round 1 against the Sharks 22-18, then producing a very disappointing performance against the Broncos where they lost 22-18.
If this centre switch is to go ahead with Latrell Mitchell, then Burns will be taken out of the side and Alex Johnston will play fullback.
There is nothing official yet out of Redfern and I don’t think Mitchell will be happy because he did get told he’ll be playing fullback and to replace teammate and good friend Braidon Burns may not sit well with Mitchell.
The other option for Souths is possibly moving James Roberts to fullback and putting Mitchell in his right centre position or putting Braidon Burns at fullback and putting Mitchell in left centre.
It’s a shame that NRL fans won’t get to see Mitchell go head to head with his former club the Roosters this weekend after the NRL suspended the season on Monday.