Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion

@Russell said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

Lewis was another like Arrow - stating he would never come to the Wests Tigers.

I don’t think that’s right. I recall he was very close to signing on for Tigers, but Sharks made a big last pitch and Lewis was enamoured with the idea of moving to the Shire.

Any player that actually says “I’ll never play for Club X” probably isn’t a good enough footballer to receive offers they can’t refuse.

@Fraze23 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

Alright Latrell, you just made the list.

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That made me laugh. You should consider changing your username to Arya.

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@mike said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@Fraze23 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

Alright Latrell, you just made the list.

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That made me laugh. You should consider changing your username to Arya.

The list would be much much longer

@Fraze23 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

Alright Latrell, you just made the list.

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Pretty poor list without the other Mitchell

Hard to be mad at the guy, especially when you see the new photos of him training and smiling again. I don’t agree with the risk taking part with a young family & all of that but I respect his decision to back himself %100

@jirskyr said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@jirskyr said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

All of our own making going back to extremely poor retention decisions. If it wasn’t so bad you would laugh about it. One of our junior clubs produces two outstanding fullback talents and we don’t keep with either!

I don’t understand this comment at all? Latrell signed on, apparently, for the opportunity to play fullback.

If we retained these mysterious outstanding fullback talents, we wouldn’t have had space for Latrell?

We wouldn’t need to go to market had they been retained.

Please tell me again about Papenhuyzen, it’s a story I haven’t heard for 5 minutes.

Often retaining players is not easy. But how do they do it at other clubs? AJ is a Souths junior graded with Souths.
How strong is our brand?
Souths was a foundation club made strong by having a cause greater than the sum of it’s members who protest marched in biblical style. Is that the emotion stirring historical legacy underpinning the loyalty of today’s players?
What have we got to surpass that? Anything which could pique our enthusiasm to march into battle for a heavenly cause? Perhaps a marquee signing?

wonder if our chairman who went into bat for latrell, still thinks latrells a good level headed guy after he said he would regret signing here.

@05wt05 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

wonder if our chairman who went into bat for latrell, still thinks latrells a good level headed guy after he said he would regret signing here.

Or just putting out a little Pygmalion intercourse.?

@twentyforty said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@jirskyr said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@jirskyr said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

All of our own making going back to extremely poor retention decisions. If it wasn’t so bad you would laugh about it. One of our junior clubs produces two outstanding fullback talents and we don’t keep with either!

I don’t understand this comment at all? Latrell signed on, apparently, for the opportunity to play fullback.

If we retained these mysterious outstanding fullback talents, we wouldn’t have had space for Latrell?

We wouldn’t need to go to market had they been retained.

Please tell me again about Papenhuyzen, it’s a story I haven’t heard for 5 minutes.

Often retaining players is not easy. But how do they do it at other clubs? AJ is a Souths junior graded with Souths.
How strong is our brand?
Souths was a foundation club made strong by having a cause greater than the sum of it’s members who protest marched in biblical style. Is that the emotion stirring historical legacy underpinning the loyalty of today’s players?
What have we got to surpass that? Anything which could pique our enthusiasm to march into battle for a heavenly cause? Perhaps a marquee signing?

That is very romantic and incorrect version of history. Souffs were kicked out because they were broke, poorly run and couldn’t win on or off the field. After they were reinstated nothing changed. Whilst Tigers and Magpies made tough decisions to ensure their future Souffs continued doing the same old same old and continued to go broke. They were bottom of the table and couldn’t attract players. They were alive only due to the good grace of Souths Juniors who bankrolled them but ultimately grew tired of it.

They would not have survived except they got bought at their lowest point by two millionaire fairy godmothers in Crowe and HAC.

Well if that comment ‘regret’ stings Wests Tigers fans, then let him know how you feel and get down to Leichhardt Oval for the Round 10 game.

Gold Coast Titans dig in over Jai Arrow as Rabbitohs circle
By WWOS staff
4 hours ago

The Titans are playing hardball with the Rabbitohs over Jai Arrow, targeting representative stars as compensation to allow their best player to walk out of his contract one year early.

Souths have signed Arrow to replace retired superstar Sam Burgess as the club’s marquee forward but not until next season.

The Rabbitohs are desperate to bring the deal forward but the Titans have made it clear they will only allow that to happen on their terms.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Titans head of football Mal Meninga said a big name forward would need to be part of a compensation package to trigger Arrow’s release, with Test stars Cameron Murray and Tom Burgess named in the report.

“We consider Jai pretty important, probably our best player at the club,” Meninga said. “We are very happy with Jai staying around.”

Meninga’s comments followed confirmation from Rabbitohs football boss Shane Richardson that even with Latrell Mitchell signed for 2020 the club were still hoping to add Arrow before the season starts.

However, the Rabbitohs are highly unlikely to entertain the idea of offering another one of their key forwards to the Titans to make that happen.

It’s in the outside backs where Wayne Bennett has a surplus of talent following the signing of Mitchell, with recent reports indicating the likes of Dane Gagai and Alex Johnston are expendable.

Also in a tricky position is talented young utility Adam Doueihi who is likely to be forced into a back-up role by the arrival of Mitchell. That could lead him to agitate for a move but the Titans have so far been reluctant to consider an outside back as compensation for losing Arrow.

Indeed, Titans chairman Dennis Watt revealed to the Herald that the Rabbitohs offered them a winger last week, which failed to move the negotiations forward. “At this stage, we are obviously keen to keep Jai,” Watt said. “They did offer us a player last week, but he was a winger so … at this stage there is nothing there to interest us.”

Watt said that Souths have not yet come to the table with a decent offer, but was eager to “wait and see what the club would come up with over the coming weeks”.

@Glenn5150 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@twentyforty said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@jirskyr said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@jirskyr said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

@pawsandclaws1 said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

All of our own making going back to extremely poor retention decisions. If it wasn’t so bad you would laugh about it. One of our junior clubs produces two outstanding fullback talents and we don’t keep with either!

I don’t understand this comment at all? Latrell signed on, apparently, for the opportunity to play fullback.

If we retained these mysterious outstanding fullback talents, we wouldn’t have had space for Latrell?

We wouldn’t need to go to market had they been retained.

Please tell me again about Papenhuyzen, it’s a story I haven’t heard for 5 minutes.

Often retaining players is not easy. But how do they do it at other clubs? AJ is a Souths junior graded with Souths.
How strong is our brand?
Souths was a foundation club made strong by having a cause greater than the sum of it’s members who protest marched in biblical style. Is that the emotion stirring historical legacy underpinning the loyalty of today’s players?
What have we got to surpass that? Anything which could pique our enthusiasm to march into battle for a heavenly cause? Perhaps a marquee signing?

That is very romantic and incorrect version of history. Souffs were kicked out because they were broke, poorly run and couldn’t win on or off the field. After they were reinstated nothing changed. Whilst Tigers and Magpies made tough decisions to ensure their future Souffs continued doing the same old same old and continued to go broke. They were bottom of the table and couldn’t attract players. They were alive only due to the good grace of Souths Juniors who bankrolled them but ultimately grew tired of it.

They would not have survived except they got bought at their lowest point by two millionaire fairy godmothers in Crowe and HAC.

Glenn, that is true. My point though, is that out of that struggle for survival something greater than simply survival attached to Souths. Rusty and Holmes a Court May have recognised the timing was right to throw in some funding and leadership to maintain the momentum.
However, as with coal under pressure becoming diamonds so to did Souths inherently strengthen their brand.
Our struggle to do better than ninth is minute in comparison but if handled correctly has the hallmarks of doing something similar to our brand.

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@innsaneink said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

This is a massive loss for us and I believe will have a roll on affect re recruitment… People can put any spin on it they like but this is highly embarrassing for WTs

100%.

Let’s be clear - I love the Tigers. Doesn’t mean I can’t be fed up. The club keep saying failure is not an option but EVERY SINGLE TIME we have a moment that needs winning - we fail. On and off the field. EVERY SINGLE TIME.

We need a HUGE signing before season kicks off but I reckon there’s stuff all chance of that.

We will probably fail to spend our 2020 cap money and get fined $500K by Greenberg.
That’s how we roll …

I can see it now, like a scene out of Brewster’s Millions with Richard Pryor, it’s June 30, and 95% of our cap has to be spent, and we just scrape in with a few front loaded re-contracts, and Greenturd waves and says “Don’t forget this cap exemption for $5,000 for the parking spots” and we have to do a mad rush and re-do Twal’s contract again whilst Toddy is sitting there laughing watching his gold-rimmed watch…

Don’t forget his shiny-rimmed head!

@Telltails said in Latrell Mitchell Contract Discussion:

https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/01/14/he-didnt-even-talk-about-football-how-crowe-won-over-latrell

Interesting read including what dad and Latrell think about Maguire

Saying no to Michael Maguire
Mitchell’s comment on Monday about how he would have regretted a move to the Wests Tigers was not intended as a shot that club or coach Michael Maguire. Matt Mitchell said his son’s comment rather suggested that if he had accepted that deal two weeks ago the Souths opportunity that came up wouldn’t have eventuated.

“Look, he was real close to signing with the Wests Tigers but I think that Wayne Bennett chat just got him over the line,” Matt Mitchell said.

"He really likes and respects Michael Maguire. He thought he was a real man’s man and he loved the way he spoke to him. Latrell said he was straight up as well which Trell really liked.

“And he knows [Wests Tigers general manager of football] Adam Hartigan. Adam coached both my boys at the Roosters in under 20s and he felt comfortable there.”

Mate, I’ve got room for you here and I’d love to coach you

Wayne Bennett’s words to Latrell Mitchell

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