Latrell Mitchell Wests Tigers' contract offers doubts


There is no end in sight for the summer of uncertainty of Latrell Mitchell, after reports on the main suitor Wests Tigers also developed cold feet.

In a week of riots for the great final hero, Bulldogs and Roosters both reported having made contract offers to the 22-year-old last week, leaving the Wests Tigers as the first to claim to have signed.

Reportedly, North Queensland and Newcastle are considering the idea of ​​entering the battle to sign the kangaroo center.

Monday showed that the Tigers are rethinking a three-million-dollar deal offered to Mitchell.

The rich offer comes after the Gauls signed a two-year, $ 1.6 million deal that would have made Mitchell the highest-paid center in the game.

The Daily Telegraph now reports that Tigers' board of directors is divided over Mitchell's signature with some "scarred" members from the disastrous $ 8.2 million tip signed during Ivan Cleary's tenure in which the club signed Josh Reynolds, Ben Matulino and Russell Packer to huge deals.

Purchases in a panic came after the stars James Tedesco, Aaron Woods and Mitchell Moses signed with rival teams.

The memory of those failures is still fresh in the memory of some Tigers officials.

"The council is undoubtedly scarred by what happened three years ago," a source close to the Wests Tigers told the Daily Telegraph.

"The club rushed into some purchases where they paid" over. "The club should have completed even more in-depth checks in relation to fitness, health, etc.

"I am sure the club will not pay" over "to Latrell. There are some reservations."

While the club wants its $ 3 million deal declared to be "risk-free", it is already throwing the dice at the fact that Mitchell will be able to make the transition from the center to the full back – the only position where the Star runner can command such an expensive price tag.

The club is also worried about a personality clash between Mitchell and Tigers coach Michael Maguire after Mitchell's high profile hit head coach Brad Fittler of NSW's home state Quest & # 39; year, which ended with him snubbed by the famous victory of the Blues in Origin III this year.

Meanwhile, the former captain of New South Wales, Paul Gallen, says that Mitchell is betting on his future by moving away from the Gauls after enjoying the success of the first NRL club win.

He said the extra offers of $ 200,000 per season from rival clubs could all be useless if he lost the $ 150,000 he can earn through a representative selection for New South Wales and Australia.


Reportedly, the rising star of dragons Zac Lomax will begin contract negotiations with up to six NRL clubs this month after officially informing the dragons of his decision to test its value in the open market.

The stellar center is contracted to the Dragons until the end of the 2020 season, but can now sign with a rival club for over the next year.

The 20-year-old talent has long been publicized as a future superstar – and was labeled last year as "gifted" by Blues coach Brad Fittler

Lomax is reportedly pushing for a full-back pass next season, and was granted that wish by coach Paul McGregor.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Lomax is on the open market as a possible fullback option for rival clubs.

The report states that the Wests Tigers are among the list of clubs interested in Lomax and may even use $ 1.7 million of wage space available for next season to sign both Latrell Mitchell and Lomax.

McGregor's long-term plans to turn Lomax into his favorite fullback would then be dashed if he signed for a rival club for the 2021 season, leading to speculation that he would be allowed to leave with a full year of contract if he were to sign for a rival club.


The rugby coach of England Eddie Jones wants to coach the NRL and a Sydney newspaper has named the club he supposedly wants to take over.

The Australian Jones went from hero to zero at the Rugby World Cup, where the brilliant semi-final victory of England against All Black was followed by a disastrous performance against the Springboks in the final.

The affirmed Jones became the most recognizable character of rugby and the inversion of the World Cup has left many guesses about his future.

He wouldn't be the first former Wallaby coach named Jones to head to the NRL, and the resemblance doesn't stop there.

The great coach of the years & # 39; 80 Alan Jones – another outspoken character – became the Balmain Tigers boss and then the football manager at South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Danny Weidler, a Sydney Morning Herald columnist for a long time, said that Eddie Jones wants to coach the Rabbitohs of South Sydney, where championship legend Wayne Bennett currently reigns.

"The noise around Eddie Jones has lined him up for the work of coach of the Wallabies – but the truth is that c & # 39; s another concert that really craves," he wrote.

"NRL clubs take note, Jones would like a crack in the rugby league at some point in his career.

"Although he has one of the highest and highest paid positions in rugby in the world, he is a part of Jones who wants to prove himself. Regarding tests, accepting a NRL job is important.

"From what I can gather, he told the comrades who replaced Wayne Bennett when Souths' appeals ended. He has a weakness for the club. It is doubtful that the Rabbitohs are aware of his ambitions because he shared his thoughts on the league only with a select few. "

Jones will have some insider information on the NRL after inviting Ricky Stuart's coach of the Raiders in the English field at the World Cup in Japan.

Stuart himself is an example of the long cross-code tradition in Australia. He was a schoolboy rugby star and a Wallaby tourist before becoming a league champion as a player and coach.

"Eddie loves his league," Stuart said. "The way the English team played … let's just say I've never seen a rugby team play like a team.

"I don't know if he wants to train in the NRL. Could he do it? I have no doubt he could do it if he were on his radar. To transfer a coach from one code to the other … well, they were never so close , so yes, it is feasible ".

– New Zealand Herald



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