Latrell Mitchell fulfilled a childhood dream when he won the Rugby League World Cup yesterday, in fact it was a literal dream for him the night before the final.
“Speechless, to be honest I actually dreamt about this last night, it sort of woke me up out of my sleep,” the South Sydney Rabbitohs fullback, who plays centre for Australia, said to Fox League as he went on to admit he could now retire happy.
“I suppose if you didn’t have dreams you wouldn’t be able to achieve it. I followed mine and the boys set out to do something six or seven weeks ago to bring the trophy home. It’s surreal.
“I’m just a country boy from Taree I suppose.
“Six or seven weeks now I’ve left my two kids, I just want to get back to the farm and see them. It’s all worth it now, I get to hold a trophy, I get to hold a medal, I get to have that jersey hanging up on my wall and look at it 15 years down the track and be really proud of the bunch of blokes I got to call brothers.
“For myself, I could retire happy.”
He admitted he wasn’t sure about coming over to England: “I was sceptical, obviously 2019 I had a fire burning and we lost to Tonga. I cried around for the first week — me and Jack Wighton,” he said.
“But I’m glad I had ‘Foxx’ (Josh Addo-Carr), Jack and the other lads there to help each other through. We all sacrificed family time, (but) it’s all worth it now.
“I’ll remember this for the rest of my life, it’s something I’ve always wanted to tick off as a young fella.
“I’ve done a few other things in the game but this was No.1 for me and I’m definitely grateful for the opportunity.”
He also called for England to come over to Australia next as he wants to tick off a clash against them: “England’s got to come to us next.”
Lastly, he also defended coach Mal Meninga after recent suggestions he could leave the role: “Who’s getting it next? I don’t think anyone can do the job he does. He’s up there with Wayne Bennett as the greatest coaches of all time.”