Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Latrell Mitchell is one of Rugby League’s most recognisable athletes and is coming off of a huge elimination final win with the South Sydney Rabbitohs against his former club the Sydney Roosters.
Mitchell would score a try and kick five goals as the Bunnies defeated their arch-rivals 30-14 eliminating the Roosters from the competition and ending their eight-game win streak in the process.
The Rabbitohs are just two wins away from qualifying for back-to-back NRL Grand Finals, something that seemed unlikely at the halfway point of the season as South Sydney were clinging onto a spot in the top eight and displaying poor form before Mitchell returned and changed his side’s fortunes almost single-handedly.
Last night The Daily Telegraph’s Phil “Buzz” Rothfield appeared on NRL 360 and stated that Mitchell could become the league’s first $2 million per year player for his efforts on the field and his brand.
“It might sound ridiculous, I can see the day when he [Mitchell] becomes a $2 million player,” said Rothfield.
“About $1.3 or $1.4 million on the cap and the rest in third parties from the likes of Adidas, Nike, Rebel Sport, Kellog’s, Fox Sports, Kayo, Channel 9, whoever.
“I think he is that big he will be $2 million a year eventually because don’t forget the cap is going up and players like Cleary will be on $1.4m.”
Rothfield then went on to give an update on Mitchell’s negotiations with the Rabbitohs about a contract extension.
‘Superstar status’ 🤯 💰
Latrell Mitchell is on track to become rugby league’s first $2m a season player due to a salary cap rise and endorsements 🎯
— Fox League (@FOXNRL) September 12, 2022
“I spoke to Blake Solly about it and they have put it off until they are finished,” Rothfield stated.
“They just don’t want to interrupt their finals run.”
South Sydney’s finals run will see them take on the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks this Saturday night at Allianz Stadium where the winner will face the Penrith Panthers in a Grand Final qualifier while the loser’s season will be finished.
Latrell Mitchell has been as focused and determined as we have ever seen him and the Bunnies don’t want that to change this weekend by causing any distractions for their star who missed last year’s finals series entirely through suspension.