If Mitchell or his agent wish to pursue a NEW deal with us, he or his agent are free to call and, according to our new Chair, we will at least listen to what they have to say. Having had many years involvement in major contract negotiations, this is a perfectly reasonable position to take. If they don’t call, so be it. If they do call, but take too long about it, they run the risk we will by then have spent our money elsewhere.
This mess can be traced directly to what now looks like terrible misjudgement of LM’s marketability by those advising him. He rejects a pretty decent “centre money” offer of $800k from the Chooks which results in them pulling the deal and, essentially, telling him to get lost! His representatives no doubt thought Latrell would be knocked over in the rush of other clubs offering him megabucks deals! He got only one formal offer-ours! Very embarrassing! No wonder they’re hanging out hoping for more interest. This has the capacity to interfere with our pre season, if it hasn’t done already, and needs to be sorted quickly. Hope our club has at least gently nudged Latrell’s people to make up their minds-and soon!
The only consistent feature of this whole drama is that the Chooks are still reported to be saying he won’t be released to Souths in 2020 but he can be released and join anyone else for 2020 and beyond. If that’s still true, a move to the Bunnies starting next year won’t be possible. Does he cop it sweet and hang around, maybe playing CC for another year in a club that doesn’t seem to want him there and join the Bunnies in 2021 assuming they have the cap space then to accommodate him or does he take our offer now while it’s still on the table.