Andrew Webster at SMH reporting it’s official - Latrell agreeing to terms w Souths, subject to NRL and Roosters. I think it’s the first non-gossip journo to state so?
Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell has finally agreed to terms with South Sydney, who are confident he will be at Redfern on Monday morning for his first training session.
The contract is yet to be officially signed, however, and also needs to be ratified by the NRL salary cap auditor.
Another final stumbling block could be the Roosters, who are expected to ask for the $116,000 they have already paid the 22-year-old international since November to be returned to them.
It was unclear at the time of writing exactly what the Rabbitohs deal would look like, with Souths wary of making any announcement before the contract was officially signed.
The club has said all along it could only offer him a one-year deal for 2020 and would then have to move on players from 2021 to accommodate a larger deal.
What is certain is that Souths do not have to register a contract for Mitchell at “market value” for the 2020 season, despite reports saying otherwise.
The large deals offered to him by the Roosters and the Wests Tigers are irrelevant to his contract for this year.
According to the NRL, Souths only need to match the value of Mitchell’s current deal with the Roosters. That figure is $700,000, of which two months has already been paid.
Other clubs interested in Mitchell have offered to compensate the Roosters for what they’ve already paid him, but it is unlikely Souths would consider it — or have the salary cap space to do so.
Mitchell’s imminent signing is another chapter in a long-standing feud between the two foundation clubs, which have fought over players like Ron Coote, Craig Wing and, in more recent times, Angus Crichton.
It will also finally bring closure to one of the messiest off-season contract negotiations in recent memory.
They started in November when he rejected the Roosters’ $800,000-a-season extension on his current deal.
Mitchell then spoke to the Tigers, Cowboys, Titans and Bulldogs, but a management dispute with accredited manager Wayde Rushton so he could sign Matt Rose stalled the process.
A settlement worth $55,000 was reached with Rushton earlier this week.
Souths had made Titans forward Jai Arrow their focus instead of Mitchell, signing him to a four-year deal from 2021 after the shock retirement of Sam Burgess in the off-season because of a shoulder injury.
They had been confident earlier this week of securing Arrow a season early, but when that became less likely they moved onto Mitchell.
I’m waiting for Paul Crawley’s confirmation…
Also the club is inches away from securing Stefano from the Eels for 2020.
Thanks pom, what about Addo Carr
It hasn’t advanced more than that we expressed interest & what we have to offer. Storm needing to be more clear on “compensation”
What exactly are we offering?
If LM signs with us I’ll be paying for my first visit to the bunnies forum
I’ve popped in there before and I can tell you if he doesnt sign with Souths there will be unprecedented wailing and teeth gnashing. Be fun to watch.
That’s going to happen regardless. Just not sure which forum yet!
There’s a difference…most of us have accepted he probably won’t come here. They are certain they’ve got him! A much bigger fall.
Mate I’m going to fall a mile. It’s not that it’s Latrell Mitchell. It’s that we need to prove (to ourselves) we can build a strong roster not made up of only hopefuls and retirees. We land Mitchell and/or Addo-Carr and we lose our weak identity. Big moment in our short term future in my eyes.
I reckon the club is putting in a huge behind the scenes effort to bring JAC home… If we are to sign LM, he will have to come begging to join us and pass a psychometric exam before being offered a contract anywhere near what we originally offered.
Especially Because he has a young family To look after aswell tigers are the only logical explanation
But he doesn’t care.
He wants to play in the best team he can with players that can make him look good. He wants to play finals, origin etc and he is willing to cop a year of lower pay. He is more than aware he will get the big bucks in future years.
If that were true he would have stayed at roosters?
True, but the Roosters got sick and tired of his walkabout ways…
My contact has just told me that LM starts training at the rabbits on Monday.
AJ to tigers
I’m not happy, but that is what I’m told
I’m happy, I don’t want a half committed LM at the WT.
The guy is 50% in games when fully committed, imagine him being half committed…in games for 25% of the time only…move on from this LM bloke
Latrell Mitchell will meet with Wayne Bennett to facilitate a move to the Bunnies — and there’s been a stunning development with Jai Arrow.
FOX SPORTSJANUARY 8, 2020 8:07AM
Latrell Mitchell is set to meet with Wayne Bennett this week.Source:Getty Images
Latrell Mitchell will reportedly meet with Souths coach Wayne Bennett in the next few days to work out how to facilitate a move to the Rabbitohs. Mitchell was granted leave by the Sydney Roosters to stay away from pre-season training on Sunday night, and it’s widely believed he’s played his last game for the Bondi glamour club.
The Daily Telegraph reports Mitchell wants to play under Bennett, a seven-time premiership-winning coach renowned as a mentor who players love to play for. The report said the Rabbitohs’ focus was securing an early release for Gold Coast forward Jai Arrow to join the club next season, which could be finalised within 24 hours.
News of Mitchell’s signing being a step closer comes despite Bennett saying last month that he wasn’t interested in bringing Mitchell to the club. **Bennett has previously denied an interest in a player only to sign him weeks later, as was the case when securing James Roberts from the Brisbane Broncos."**We will make a decision based on what money we’ve got left over and what we can and can’t do.”
But in a stunning development, the Telegraph reported that “Arrow’s release from the Titans will be finalised in the next 24 hours.” If Arrow’s release is granted, that means the Rabbitohs could turn their attention to Mitchell, who might be happy to sign a cut-price, one-year deal worth $400,000 at Redfern — having rejected a $1 million contract at Wests Tigers and an $800,000 offer at the Roosters.
One roadblock to the Bunnies securing Mitchell on a cut-price deal is that it would have to be cleared by the game’s salary cap auditor, who will determine his true market value.
It’s understood NRL auditor Richard Gardham has final discretion to determine market value using a list of comparative players to reach his decision.
NRL’s salary cap laws state a player cannot be registered on a contract worth considerably less than his market value.
So in other words Bennett is a compulsive liar, but he’s such a great guy! Still able to attract all the best players.
I’m really over all this BS, tbh. I really wish our club wasn’t involved in it at all. It was fun when reports of Mitchell possibly signing with us first came out, now the whole thing has just become a sick joke.
If Souths do manage to secure him on a 1 year contact for 400k, then I’m done with Rugby League.
Oh dear, you know the NRL is corrupt don’t you?