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Mitchell's Souths NRL switch done: reports


Latrell Mitchell is reportedly set to be unveiled as a South Sydney player on Monday afternoon (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi)

Latrell Mitchell is reportedly set to be unveiled as a South Sydney player on Monday afternoon in a deal worth less than what he was offered by rival NRL clubs.

Sydney Roosters confirmed on Monday morning in a brief statement that they had released Mitchell from the final year of his contract after the 22-year-old representative centre announced on Friday on social media that his time with the premiers was over.

Mitchell posted on Instagram that he was looking forward to the next chapter "where ever that may be."

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Firstly I want to thank @sydneyroosters for everything they have done for me an my family. I can not describe the way I feel right now but just wanted to let everyone know involved in my career through my stint here, I am so very grateful for you all. To the fans, thanks you ! Wouldn’t be a game without you. Humbled to be able to play with such a rich history club didn’t think as a Country boy I’d be able to transition to the city but roosters made that possible. To the boys !! I love yas. Playing along side of you all was something I’ll hold close to my heart. Nothing has been made official as of yet. But my stay at the roosters has come to an end. On to the next chapter where ever that may be. ❤️💛🖤

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That will be at Redfern with multiple media outlets reporting that the dual premiership winner will sign a deal with the Rabbitohs for $600,000 in 2020 with an option, in the club's favour, for a second season at $800,000.

Mitchell's future has been up in air for months after he expressed that he would like to explore his options for season 2021.

The Roosters withdrew an $800,000 per season contract extension offer in November and granted Mitchell leave before the start of their pre-season training.

Wests Tigers reportedly offered Mitchell $1 million per season for four years but couldn't finalise a move while Gold Coast, North Queensland and Canterbury were also touted as possible destinations.

It's understood NRL salary cap auditor Richard Gardham needs to ratify the move before any official announcement can be made.

It remains unclear which position Mitchell will play, although Souths officials have reportedly denied rumours they have verbally agreed to play him at fullback.

In 96 NRL games for the Roosters since his debut in round one of the 2016 season Mitchell scored 65 tries.

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