Why Latrell Mitchell’s bumper new deal hasn’t been confirmed as another Souths star approaches new deal

Recently it has been reported that Latrell Mitchell is set to sign a new deal at South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Mitchell made his name at rivals Sydney where he starred in Grand Final wins as a centre, but deserved to play at fullback he moved to South Sydney where he has continued to be a dominant player at Souths especially recently despite recent interest from NRL new boys the Dolphins which very well could have unsettled him but has had the opposite effect.

That prompted the Bunnies to look to hand him a new deal, which they have reportedly done and it is believed that Mitchell has signed the deal which is worth $2 million which is around half of the Super League salary cap.

So, why has this deal not been announced, well David Riccio of the Daily Telegraph speaking on Triple M has revealed why.

According to Fox League, this is the situation: “If Souths weren’t focused on a finals series, they would have already announced Latrell’s deal is done.

“I believe he’s that close. It’s absolutely a fait accompli that Latrell extends his time at South Sydney.

“It’s only for the fact they’re intent on continuing their finals charge that they don’t want the distractions and headlines about new contracts and million-dollar deals taking away from their focus on the match.”

So, with Mitchell’s future seemingly secured, the Rabbitohs have been able to shift focus onto a different player as they look to keep the core of their side together.

“I’m extremely confident Latrell will extend his future at the club – as well as Cody Walker,” Riccio added.

“The length of Cody’s deal might not be as long as Latrell’s, but certainly this is a happy camp at the moment in South Sydney.

“They express that through their emotions and the way that they play. Because they communicate their love for the club, I expect them to extend.”

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