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SportState of Origin: Latrell Mitchell could be a distraction for Blues, says Phil Gould

20:00  10 june  2019
20:00  10 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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''Will he be a distraction or will he be an asset?''

It's the question that will be at the front of Brad Fittler's mind as he assesses whether Latrell Mitchell will be in the right head space to play his part in keeping the State of Origin series alive in over a fortnight.

The NSW coach surprisingly went public with Mitchell's off-field issues after their game one loss, declaring the liverwire centre ''needs to work on his motivation'' and get his head straight before he puts on the Blues jersey again.

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NSW coach Brad Fittler has defended Latrell Mitchell after Phil Gould said that the Blues centre would need to be dropped from Origin if his frame of mind didn't improve. Injury, personal trauma, family issues, contract talks, outside influences, it could be a combination of a number of things.

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Mitchell has been embroiled in an ugly split with his management and at the centre of speculation surrounding his future, linked to a possible move to rivals South Sydney that is being pushed by people within his inner circle.

It clearly had an impact on his on-field performances as he was a shadow of his usual destructive self in the series opener, lacking communication in defence while making limited use of the ball in attack.

State of Origin: Latrell Mitchell could be a distraction for Blues, says Phil Gould © Getty Images Former Blues coach Phil Gould believes Mitchell can't selected in his current state of mind and Fittler will need reassurance before he can be named.

“I don't think NSW can win without him, but the question is: Will he be a distraction or will he be an asset?” Gould told Channel Nine’s 100% Footy.

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Latrell Mitchell says his head is now free of extraneous noise and he's ready to concentrate on winning back-to-back Origin series for the NSW Blues . The split from agent Steve Deacon to his new manager Wayde Rushton has been a laborious and difficult time for the 21-year-old Sydney Roosters

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“In his current frame of mind and doing what he's doing right at the moment, not a month ago against the Wests Tigers, he'll be a distraction.

“He and the Roosters need to come to the Origin coach and say: 'We've sorted this. This is what needs to be done. He'll be ready.’ Once he does that, then you pick him and you get on with life.

“But I think they need to hear that from the Roosters and Latrell, and he'll be picked before he goes around on Sunday.

“If they can't do that, then Freddy's got to move on and get on with something else, otherwise this is going to distract everyone.

“The media is going to be talking about it all week. You don't need the distraction.”

Gould put the onus on the Roosters to pull his head in but urged them to tread carefully with contract talks looming around the corner.

“This is the Roosters' issue, it's not Brad Fittler's issue,” Gould said.

“It's not up to the Origin squad or the Origin camp to fix what's going on with Latrell Mitchell. This is his club that's got to sort this out.

“Whilst they can come out publicly and say, 'He's 21 years of age and this is all rubbish’, they are concerned about him and his future.

“They've got to be delicate about it because they'd like to re-sign him.”

Latrell: I feel like I let NSW down.
NSW centre Latrell Mitchell says he feels like he let his Blues teammates down after he was sin-binned in State of Origin I.

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