Phil Rothfield believes Latrell Mitchell is such a rugby league superstar on and off the pitch that he will become the NRL’s first $2m-per-season player.
Mitchell called himself an artist and he did a lot in the Souths 30-14 win over the Roosters to advance to the semi-finals and given the salary cap is set to rise next year Rothfield is convinced that he can become the highest player. paid player.
“And Latrell Mitchell?” He was very good yesterday,” Braith Anasta said on NRL 360.
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“This trial was really crucial. It was a great moment with two players down to find this try. His goal kick was outstanding.
“He cut the pillar to post last week after the loss to the Roosters and he bounced back in superb style.”
Rothfield has no doubt that the combination of the salary cap hike and Mitchell’s marketability will push his annual earnings to the $2 million mark.
“I’ve written a story about the Latrell brand and I can’t remember a player on and off the pitch as great as Latrell,” Rothfield said.
“The kind of superstar status he holds in the game.
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“And while that may sound ridiculous, I can see the day when he becomes a $2 million player. About $1.3 or $1.4 million on the cap and the rest at third parties like Adidas, Nike, Rebel Sport, Kellog’s, Fox Sports, Kayo, Channel 9, whatever.
“I think he’s so big that he’ll end up making $2 million a year, because don’t forget the cap is going up and players like Cleary will be making $1.4 million.”
Anasta agreed Mitchell could sell himself to anyone wanting to get involved in the Souths and rugby league.
“He’s very marketable,” Anasta said.
“He’s negotiating right now, isn’t he?”
“In November,” Rothfield said.
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“I talked to Blake Solly about it and they postponed it until they were done.
“They just don’t want to interrupt their run in the final.”
Paul Kent thinks Mitchell and his Souths teammate Cody Walker made the difference in their decisive win over the Roosters.
“At the end of the day, I think Cody and Latrell made the difference,” Kent said.
“As the Roosters were trying to play each other, they just came back to football and they made a difference.”
James Hooper praised Mitchell and Walker for staying on the sidelines and letting their football do the talking.
“We often criticize Latrell and Cody in big games, they can go a little over the edge and they can redline and allow their emotions to take over,” Hooper said.
“This time, complete contrast. These two were both exceptional.
“He’s a big Latrell player. He clearly wanted to answer. There were a lot of headlines about the boos last week and he answered them perfectly by scoring all those goals and putting in a solid performance.
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