Sport Latrell Mitchell: Wests Tigers re-enter race to sign Sydney Roosters star

22:22  11 december  2019
22:22  11 december  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Roosters players love Latrell: Keary

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Latrell Mitchell, Daniel Tupou are posing for a picture© Getty Images

The Wests Tigers are willing to rekindle talks with Latrell Mitchell about an immediate switch to the joint-venture club – but they want the Sydney Roosters superstar to make the first move.

Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis on Wednesday told The Daily Telegraph, ‘there is an interest on our part’ in reference to Mitchell.

He added to NRL.com the unwanted Roosters centre is ‘more than welcome to reach out to us’.

Tigers officials including head coach Michael Maguire last month drove to Mitchell’s hometown of Taree to recruit him.

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They reportedly offered a four-year, $3.8 million contract to the representative star that included the chance to switch from centre to full-back.

Latrell's manager slams 'wrong' criticism

  Latrell's manager slams 'wrong' criticism Latrell Mitchell's manager has defended his actions as the Roosters star continues to shop around for a lucrative contract.Mitchell is still contracted for 2020 with the Bondi club but has been talks with numerous other NRL clubs - Wests Tigers, North Queensland Cowboys, Canterbury Bulldogs and the Gold Coast Titans - eyeing an early release to take up a bigger deal.

But the Tigers subsequently withdrew their offer in frustration after Mitchell failed to get back to them for nearly two weeks.

The 22-year-old then visited the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.

But after television cameras captured his restaurant meeting with club powerbrokers the Cowboys promptly signed Valentine Holmes, all-but ruling them out of the race for Mitchell due to salary cap constraints.

The saga took another turn last week when Mitchell posted a photo of the Roosters’ grand-final celebrations with the captain, ‘Take me back’.

He then broke his silence in an explosive interview with NRL.com on Saturday, declaring the Roosters ‘home’ and strongly hinting he would be open to a return to the club that gave him his NRL debut.

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Reports then suggested the Roosters were considering backflipping on their October decision to withdraw their offer of a two-year, $1.6 million extension.

But by Monday Roosters coach Trent Robinson had told the incumbent Australia centre he would not be returning to the Chooks in 2021 and beyond.

While the Tigers had officially withdrawn from the Mitchell sweepstakes, leaving the Gold Coast Titans as the only club still openly courting him, they had previously declared they would consider re-opening negotiations.

And while they are yet to make a formal offer, the Tigers are once again looming as the favourites to sign one of the NRL’s best players.

Latrell Mitchell: Sydney Roosters star won’t rush decision on NRL future .
Mitchell’s immediate NRL future remains uncertain as his contract saga rolls on.The 22-year-old is contracted to the Roosters until the end of the 2020 season, however the reigning premiers reportedly want him out by January 1.

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