Latrell Mitchell is on track to make his return to the field later this month after being sidelined due to injury. The South Sydney star has been frustrated about missing matches for both his club and the NSW team. Despite this setback, Mitchell remains optimistic and has been working hard to recover and increase his workload in preparation for the round-21 clash against the Broncos.
In an interview, Mitchell described his injury as “flat tyres for the Ferrari,” but maintained a positive mindset. He acknowledged that winning competitions doesn’t happen in July and emphasised the importance of taking the time to fully recover. Mitchell expressed his frustration at not being able to be there for his teammates and spoke about his love for playing Origin for NSW. However, he understood that it wasn’t his time and that everything happens for a reason. His main focus now is to get back to full fitness and contribute to the team’s success.
Mitchell sustained a calf injury just before the first State of Origin match and had to withdraw from both Origin camps. He became emotional when informing the Blues that he wouldn’t be able to join them for the match in Adelaide. There have been no fresh setbacks with his calf, but Mitchell has been focusing on his rehabilitation and maintaining a positive attitude around his teammates.
The enforced time off due to injury may have had a silver lining for Mitchell. It has given him the opportunity to mentally refresh himself for his impending return, especially considering the upcoming five-week road trip that the team will embark on. The trip includes matches in various locations such as the Sunshine Coast, Tamworth, Perth, Cairns, and Newcastle. Mitchell expressed contentment with his current state and emphasised the importance of bringing positive energy and motivation to the team.
A highlight for South Sydney has been the debut of rookie Tyrone Munro. The 18-year-old winger, who hails from Moree, made his first appearance for the team against the Warriors. Mitchell spoke highly of Munro, highlighting their shared connection through their fathers’ involvement in rugby league. Mitchell praised Munro’s confidence and preparation, highlighting the importance of these qualities for young players making their debut. He commended Munro’s rapid progression from lower grades to the NRL and applauded his readiness.
During the opening of Souths‘ new training facility at Heffron Park, Mitchell’s popularity rivaled that of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese among the locals. Albanese jokingly admitted that he couldn’t compete with Mitchell’s popularity. The occasion showcased the immense support and admiration that Mitchell receives from the community.
Overall, Latrell Mitchell‘s impending return to the field is eagerly anticipated, and his commitment to recovery and his teammates is resolute. The injury setback has allowed him to reflect and approach his return with renewed motivation. With the support of the South Sydney community and the impressive debut of Tyrone Munro, Mitchell’s presence on the field promises to make a significant impact on the team’s performance.