Latrell Mitchell Signs for 2020
13th Jan 2020
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are excited to announce the signing of Australian Kangaroos, New South Wales State of Origin, Indigenous All Stars representative and dual-premiership winner Latrell Mitchell on a one-year contract for season 2020 with an option on his services in the Club’s favour for season 2021. Mitchell, 22, was granted a release from the Sydney Roosters to join the Rabbitohs immediately. Mitchell has played four Test matches for Australia and made four appearances for New South Wales in State of Origin matches over the past two seasons. He’s also represented the Indigenous All Stars on two occasions and has won two NRL premierships in his time at his previous club for which he played 96 first grade games. Mitchell finished the 2019 season as the NRL’s top points scorer and was awarded the 2019 Dally M centre of the year award for his efforts which led to last year’s premiership victory.
Mitchell is recognised as one of the most naturally-gifted players in the sport of Rugby League, having achieved so much at just 22 years-of-age and according to Rabbitohs General Manager of Football, Shane Richardson, Mitchell will be a fantastic addition to the backline for South Sydney. "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 understands The Rabbitoh Way and what it means to represent the Rabbitohs. He has a family connection to our Club with his father Matt having played here, his family are South Sydney supporters, and we’re looking forward to welcoming him and his young family to the Rabbitohs this year. He is a very proud Indigenous man, a young leader in the Indigenous community and we know that he will be of great support to Souths Cares and its programs in the Indigenous community. Things in the player market changed recently which saw us move into a position to be able to bring him to our Club, and for him to make us his club of choice. We’re very excited that this opportunity has come to fruition and our Members should be equally as enthusiastic about having a player of Latrell’s ability joining our ranks."
A family bet made years ago ended in Latrell's favour when he made his NRL debut in 2016. Father Matt Mitchell, who sat on the bench for South Sydney's first grade side in the early 1990s, accepted a bet from his son that he'd top his accomplishments. "Latrell made a bet with me when he was younger saying I'm going to beat you dad, talking about where I got to in footy," Matt Mitchell said. "That first game in 2016, I remember it like it was yesterday and I still have his debut jumper in the loungeroom just to rub it into me. He used to point up at it and say 'I beat you dad'. Honestly, nothing makes me prouder."
Latrell Mitchell Date of Birth - 16 June 1997 Place of Birth - Taree, NSW (Born - Latrell Goolagong) Height: 193cm Weight: 102kg Position - Centre, Fullback Junior Club - Taree Red Rovers Previous Clubs - Sydney Roosters (2016-19) Rep Honours - Australia (2018-19) 4 Tests - New South Wales Origin (2018-19) 4 Matches - Indigenous All Stars (2017-18) 2 Matches - New South Wales U20s (2015) - Australian Schoolboys (2014) - New South Wales U18s (2014) - New South Wales U16s (2013) NRL Games - 96 NRL Points - 679 (65 tries 209 goals 1 fieldgoal) NRL Debut - Roosters vs Rabbitohs, Allianz Stadium, 6 March 2007 (Rd01) Awards - Dally M Centre of the Year (2019) - Dally M Top Point Scorer of the Year (2019)
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