‘Take me back’: NRL star’s cryptic post

Latrell Mitchell’s manager, Wayde Rushton, has defended his role in the outcast Rooster’s contract negotiations which have seen a number of clubs turn their back on him.

Rushton spoke for the first time since Mitchell’s options dwindled as the centre posted a photo on Instagram wearing Roosters kit next to the premiership trophy.

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The caption reads: “Take me back.”

Latrell Mitchell’s Instagram post on WednesdaySource:Instagram

Mitchell had been linked to the Wests Tigers and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, both of whom have now withdrawn their interest after Mitchell appeared to stall on a decision.

He’s also been tipped to make the switch to rugby union and a move to Super League with the Toronto Wolfpack, while the North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans seem to be his two remaining options in the NRL.

The NSW Origin and Kangaroos centre has also been asking for a switch to fullback, and his future could hinge on where Jai Arrow lands.

There remains one other option – going back to the Roosters.

Mitchell has a year to run on his current deal, but the view from Bondi is that if he wants to see out his final 12 months with the Chooks, they’ll be shipping him out to feeder side North Sydney Bears.

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That came after Trent Robinson’s side pulled a $1.6millon offer over two years for the 22-year-old.

But Rushton said he would not hurry his client into making a rash decision, saying: “There is definitely a chance Latrell could be at the Roosters next year.”

And the agent said he would continue to take his time to get Mitchell the best-possible deal.

“It’s important to remember Latrell is well within his rights to do what he’s doing,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

Roosters’ Latrell Mitchell flick pass in the grand finalSource:News Corp Australia

“We’ve done nothing wrong.

“Just because a young footballer doesn’t accept the first offer a club throws his way, it doesn’t mean he’s greedy or ungrateful.

“People need to remember that these young players, they aren’t in this game for a long time.

“So why would Latrell not take his time and explore all options available to both him and his family?

“Rugby league, undeniably, is big business. And that’s exactly how Latrell Mitchell is treating what shapes as the biggest decision of his life.”

Rushton also moved to hose down speculation that Mitchell might quit the NRL – or even the code – amid suggestions he would be keen to link up with Sonny Bill Williams at the Toronto Wolfpack or chase a Wallabies jersey.

Mitchell has already played for Australia in rugby leagueSource:AAP

“We’ve never talked to anyone about Toronto, about rugby union, and it certainly wasn’t us who tipped journalists off when we met North Queensland officials in Townsville,” Rushton added.

“Obviously, I understand the interest.

“Latrell is not only one of the best players in the game, but one of its biggest drawcards.

“You go into any schoolyard around the State and there’s no guessing who most kids want to be in their games of footy – it’s Latrell.

“But there are over 150 NRL players off contract in 2020. And more than a dozen who, right now, are still looking to find a club for next year.

“And I can assure you every one of them – and their managers – are trying to secure the best deal possible.”

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