Latrell Mitchell
Latrell Mitchell

NRL battlers join two-way fight for Latrell

This is the decision that could make or break Latrell Mitchell's career on and off the field: Would you bank your footballing future on the Wests Tigers or the NRL basket case that is the Gold Coast?

The Titans are now the Tigers' greatest threat in the race for one of the NRL's most naturally gifted yet enigmatic young stars.

The Tigers have tabled an offer for three years starting in 2021.

But that deal essentially runs for four years from next season providing Mitchell is granted an immediate release from the Sydney Roosters, as expected.

The Tigers' offer is said to be in the ballpark of $1 million a season.

 

Latrell Mitchell recently met with the Cowboys. Picture: Evan Morgan
Latrell Mitchell recently met with the Cowboys. Picture: Evan Morgan

 

They also have a genuine belief their club can not only help take Mitchell's football but his life off the field to the next level during that term.

Given Mitchell is now at the crossroads after being dumped from the NSW State of Origin team this year before the Sydney Roosters grew tired of his antics, the Tigers are convinced they could be as good for him as he could be for them.

Not only would Mitchell be guaranteed the chance to own the fullback position, but the Tigers' standing within the Sydney community is viewed as a far more powerful proposition than the Titans to elevate Mitchell's off-field profile.

While the Tigers are yet to put a deadline on negotiations, a final decision is expected this week.

 

Latrell Mitchell celebrates the 2019 premiership with the Roosters.
Latrell Mitchell celebrates the 2019 premiership with the Roosters.

 

There does remain a genuine concern from within the Tigers that South Sydney could still emerge as a shock late contender for Mitchell.

It is understood the Tigers have only had one face-to-face meeting with Mitchell where coach Michael Maguire, chief executive Justin Pascoe and general manager of football Adam Hartigan put forward their pitch.

 

 

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