South Sydney talisman Latrell Mitchell has reaffirmed his commitment to the club, stating how he wants to continue playing alongside Cody Walker while building “a legacy” together at the Rabbitohs.
The off-contract star is already a dual premiership winner with the Roosters and has now set his sights on bringing home the Bunnies’ first title since 2014.
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“Hopefully, I sign with Souths- that is my next goal,” Mitchell told Fox Sports. “Once I get that done, I just want to win comps. That’s all I’m chasing. I want to do that at South Sydney and create a legacy.”
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Mitchell enjoyed a stellar campaign last season after returning from a hamstring injury better than ever.
The 25-year-old scored seven tries and laid on 17 assists in just 17 appearances, as the Bunnies made their way to yet another preliminary final.
They also previously came within a whisker of snapping their premiership drought in 2021, going down to the Panthers in a tight contest decided by an intercept from Stephen Crichton.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” Mitchell said.
“Penrith weren’t always the top tier. But because they have worked so hard, they have been able to put players in a position to be successful and they have a good young crop coming through.
“That’s why they are winning and that’s why they are doing what they are doing.
“For us, it is our opportunity now to build what we are trying to build, and we will be up there amongst the best.
“That’s what we do. We never say die at South Sydney, and we will be ready to go.”
‘I’ve done it all’ after World Cup success
Despite the Rabbitohs suffering another heartbreaking defeat in the prelims this year, Mitchell got his own taste of success, along with club teammates Cameron Murray and Campbell Graham, when the Kangaroos claimed their third-straight World Cup.
Playing at centre throughout the tournament, Mitchell seemed hellbent on bringing the trophy back home after a disappointing end to his season in club land.
“I wanted to tick it off as it is something I hadn’t done thus far in my career,” Mitchell said. “Now I can pretty much say I have done it all.
“It was a massive achievement in my eyes. To bring the trophy back for our country was an honour and a privilege and I am very proud to have been a part of it.”
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Mitchell’s partnership with Cody Walker is key to Souths’ success
The big fullback has failed to play more than 17 matches in a season since he made the short trip across to Redfern in 2020.
A range of disciplinary and injury issues have kept him on the sidelines for sustained periods. Although, when he is on the park, there can be no doubting Mitchell’s influence.
Along with Walker, who is also off-contract at the Rabbitohs, the club has an attacking axis which they can build around for years to come.
“He is sorting out his contract stuff too and I definitely want to keep going with him and building that combination and showing people what we can do,” Mitchell said.
“I really enjoy playing alongside him and I love his competitiveness and it brings the best out of me and I know I bring the best out of him when we are switched on and doing our job together.
“It would mean a lot to get our contract stuff sorted and set in and know where our futures are at.
“I want to be a Rabbitoh for life hopefully and I can’t wait to do it with him.”
Contract discussion have started with Mitchell’s manager
Mitchell confirmed discussions over a new deal were already well underway, insisting he couldn’t see himself playing for any other team in the competition.
“I don’t want to go anywhere else,” he declared.
“Those talks are commencing. I will leave it up to my manager. They are working and they do a good job.
“They have been talking together Souths and No Limit and Black Money, so we will see how we go.”
Mitchell was keen to sing the praises of the Rose brothers – the men behind No Limit – while appearing at the launch of the company’s exclusive partnership with Foxtel.
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“No Limit- I jumped on board about four or five years ago,” Mitchell said.
“The Rose boys have been in my life since I started playing rugby league. They are my family I can say with a whole heart.
“I just congratulate them for today. It is a massive achievement and they have been able to rise above a lot of hatred and achieve something that no one thought they were going to be able to do.
“Congratulations to them and I am just happy to be here along for the ride and enjoy the journey with them.”