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‘Souths are better off’ and make big move from Latrell Mitchell amid 0-3 crisis

Questions have been raised about whether it would be “better” for South Sydney to move full-back Latrell Mitchell indoors as the struggling club searches for answers after a poor 0-3 start.

For the second week in a row, the Rabbitohs are the biggest story in the NRL, with the outside noise increased after Souths’ embarrassing 48-6 defeat to the Roosters in Round 3.

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Mitchell was one of the better Rabbitohs in Rounds 1 and 2, but he was ordinary in the Roosters’ defeat.

NRL legend Gorden Tallis believes Mitchell’s game will be better suited to the centers.

“There are rumors that Latrell should be a center. There has to be someone in the system, that’s recruiting’s job, to have a backup in case he goes down,” Tallis said on NRL 360.

“Fullback has become a performance role where Latrell is an impact weapon. He’s strong, give him the ball eight times a game and see what he does instead of running so much.

“Is that Latrell’s attack center weapon?”

Fox League’s James Hooper noted that 20-year-old Jye Gray had an impressive fullback in the starting blocks.

Gray caught the attention of Souths in pre-season and continued that form into the NSW Cup season, scoring two tries for the Bunnies reserves.

Hooper went on to say that he agreed with Tallis that Mitchell would “probably be better served” moving to left-center.

“I think Latrell would probably be better served moving to left center at this point, but I’m concerned about how he would take that news and respond to it,” Hooper said.

“You just have to look at all his old footage from the Roosters and see how he was at his best there and in the centers,” replied Tallis.

“If he dominates the state of origin, he is in the centers. When he gets a good ball he makes his opponents look like children.”

NRL 360 co-host Braith Anasta pointed out that Mitchell has difficulty with defensive positioning at fullback.

“You look at the great full-backs in our game and they are there before the game is there. They get ahead of it, they move before the ball goes, they are on the bike,” Anasta said.

“He often gets into trouble in defense, he is very rarely in the field at the last second when there is a try or when he has the opportunity to save an attempt.

“He has to improve there. It also depends on fitness, Gordie, and the fact that he’s one of those energetic full-backs. He plays differently.”

“They play more than any other player in the game, the full-backs. Do we want him to do that or do we want him to be a striker?” Tallis replied.

Originally published as ‘Souths are better off’ and make big move from Latrell Mitchell amid 0-3 crisis

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