The NRL are like a Bikie club. They need to open a chapter in East Sydney, South Sydney Brissy & Melb. From the Tele this morning:
"James Packer joined Russell Crowe and Wayne Bennett to help Souths land Latrell Mitchell. Aaron Francis/The Australian
James Packer joined Russell Crowe and Wayne Bennett to help Souths land Latrell Mitchell.
The movie star, the master-coach and the money man — how could Latrell Mitchell say no?
The Sunday Telegraph can reveal James Packer joined Russell Crowe and Wayne Bennett to form arguably the greatest, and certainly the most extraordinary, rugby league recruitment team ever assembled.
Packing two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, seven NRL premierships and more than $3.5 billion, Packer, Bennett and Crowe combined to deliver the Rabbitohs a future South Sydney great.
Just a day after Bennett met the runaway Rooster at a secret location in Sydney, Packer flew to Coffs Harbour on his private jet to join Crowe and Mitchell for a private dinner, catered for by a personal chef.
While details of the dinner at Crowe’s luxury Nana Glen estate were revealed by The Daily Telegraph last week, Packer’s attendance and involvement in the bid were kept a closely guarded secret.
The casino mogul and Crowe teamed up to convince Mitchell that South Sydney was his new home. Mitchell travelled back to Sydney intent on becoming a Rabbitoh.
After knocking back South’s first offer, Mitchell agreed to sign last Sunday on a one-year deal with another year option in the club’s favour. The deal is estimated to be worth $1.4 million over two years.
Despite signing a deal worth less than the $3.2 million he had been offered by the Roosters over four years, Mitchell is content with the contract that could amount to just $600,000 should Souths not exercise the second year.
The Roosters were stunned that Mitchell accepted the deal after he reportedly “laughed’’ when they made him the $800,000-a-year offer.
Avoiding an ugly showdown with their oldest rivals, the Roosters backed away from a compensation demand and released Mitchell from the final year of his deal.
But on one condition.
He must pay out his former manager, Steve Deacon.
ADDO CARR LINKED TO BUNNIES
With the dust yet to settle on the Latrell Mitchell deal, South Sydney have already been linked to another NRL big name.
Less than 48 hours after announcing they had signed Mitchell, there are noises emerging that Souths are now interested in Josh Addo-Carr, the man known as the Fox, and preparing to offer the Storm a player swap.
South Sydney have reportedly shopped Alex Johnston, Adam Doueihi and Dane Gagai to rival clubs."
That’s weird, I was sure that Packer was a Roosters supporter?
Umm he owns 40% of the bunnies
i hope the mail is wrong he said AD announced monday
Hope the mail is right and we announce Ad Monday and BJ tuesday.
BJ didn’t go on Raiders 10 day pre season camp to QLD so you can be sure he won’t be with them
Both of them would be more then we could have hoped for and gives our backline real strike
Update my team
ALex Seyfarth - 19th Man and Lock by end of season
Cant find a reason why I wouldnt like BJ to join his brother. He creates points , he is still only 28 and playing with his brother would be inspiring im sure but he doesent really need it he always plays well. I know he has the odd brain explosion but he does way more good then bad and while he was injured for a few games last year think he has played 19 plus games every year for 10 yrs before that. Lets be honest if he played for a glamour team he would have played 20 origins by now
To be fair the article on Zero tackle doesen’t even say they think its happening just that they have an idea that would make sense - so its about as useful as any of us deciding a player should go somewhere. Also why would Duoehi who wants to play fullback or five eight go to Storm who have Munster and Papenhuyzen
Think he can prob handle the full 80 but id think you will see Walters or Reynolds with 20 mins off the bench and then backing up for injuries in halves or a roving lock role if needed off the bench. Other option is obviously ET to be back up and to play a split role with benji for 20 mins