South Sydney team-mates laud Latrell Mitchell’s influence despite injury absence
WRITTEN BYSTEVE ORME
He has a snapped hamstring and is roughly 250 kilometres removed from South Sydney’s bubble – but injured superstar Latrell Mitchell is still playing a role in the Rabbitohs’ premiership chase, according to his team-mates.
The 23-year-old suffered a season-ending hamstring injury in the Bunnies’ Round 16 thrashing of Parramatta.
Wayne Bennett’s men were on a five-game winning streak and Mitchell was just rounding into top form before his first campaign at the club was cut short.
In his absence, the Rabbitohs have defied the critics to advance to the penultimate game of the 2020 NRL campaign.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s preliminary final showdown against Penrith, Allan revealed his high-profile team-mate has played a key role in his rapid rise, providing regular advice from his Taree property.
“Yeah 100 percent, Trell messaged me the other night and he messages me usually after every game,” Allan said when asked if Mitchell has kept in touch after leaving the Bunnies’ bubble.
“He’s always giving me tips, he’s such a good bloke, everyone loves Trell and he’s always helping us to be our best considering he’s won two premierships.
“He knows what it’s like to be in the finals and obviously he knows how to win, so hearing from him all the time’s really helping me and giving me confidence as well.”
Asked what advice the former Sydney Roosters star has been passing on in recent weeks, Allan replied: “He’s just helping me focus on myself, there’s a lot of outside noise that comes with finals footy, as well as normal games during the season.
“But he’s good at just getting me to just think about my own game, keep within the team and he just makes sure he’s always there and he’s always listening.”
Star South Sydney lock Cameron Murray added of his Rabbitohs and NSW team-mate: “He’s always there wishing us luck before every game and he’s always there congratulating us after every win.
“Yeah, he’s been great. Even though he’s been away he’s shown his support from afar and I think a lot of the boys really appreciate the energy and support that he throws from afar.
“… In the unfortunate situation he finds himself in Latrell’s been really good.”