Roosters will let Mitchell walk - as long as it’s not to Souths
By Sam Phillips
November 9, 2019 — 8.00pm
The Roosters are prepared to let Latrell Mitchell walk away from the club in 2020 - as long as he doesn’t join arch-rivals South Sydney.
The Herald can reveal Roosters officials have held talks with Tigers powerbrokers about Mitchell’s future in the last two days, with the Tricolours eager to steer Mitchell away from their rivals on the other side of Anzac Parade.
The Tigers are now firming as Mitchell’s next football home in a move which would all but certainly see him switch to his preferred position of fullback.
The club has not yet submitted an official offer to Mitchell or his management but the Herald has been told the Tigers are unlikely to pay much more than the Roosters’ since-rescinded offer of $800,000 for next season. However, the mooted three-year-deal would likely be back-ended, as the club clear salary cap space.
The Tigers have $1.5 million to play with in 2020 after clearing Ryan Matterson and Ben Matulino from their books, but that increases to more than $5 million in 2021.
That will allow them to pay Mitchell close to his asking price of $1 million in 2021 and 2022 should he sign on the dotted line.
The Tigers are proceeding with caution, however, as some within the club are yet to be convinced Mitchell’s obvious talent is worth the circus which has followed him for the past 12 months.
Equally, there are those at the Tigers who believe Mitchell is just the X-factor type player the club needs. To that end, the Tigers have also targeted Titans talent AJ Brimson as a player of interest.
The latest twist in the Mitchell saga comes after the Bulldogs - who had been linked to Mitchell for months - removed themselves from the race for the Kangaroos star on Friday.