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Souths coach quizzed Mitchell over potential Latrell move

The aftermath of South Sydney’s disastrous season has begun with speculation the club could use the arrival of Jack Wighton to spark a major upheaval within the squad.

Jason Demetriou’s side topped the NRL rankings after 11 rounds but missed out on the top eight after losing to archrival Roosters in round 27.

It’s a decline that Fox League’s James Hooper pointed out at Triple M: ​​It’s the “biggest surrender in NRL-era history.”

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And according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald, This could trigger a change in position as the Rabbitohs are reportedly considering moving Latrell Mitchell from full-back to centre-backs.

A club official spoke to protect his identity on condition that he remain anonymous herald that Mitchell’s future at full-back would be questioned by coach Demetriou in his season-ending review.

This comes after NRL star James Graham hinted Wighton could even make a half-time move if he moves to South Sydney in 2024.

“When you look and watch South Sydney’s performances this year, you play with that attitude that you feel like you have to score every game,” he said at Triple M

“They don’t seem to have patience or get together in a set of six. The graduation rates were terrible. Even against the Roosters, there were times when they pushed the pass too hard

“They relied too much on their talent. They just approached the games thinking, ‘We’ve got this, we’re just going to wait until it’s necessary.’ Then they ran out of time.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see a change of position. We could see Wighton being Cody Walker’s half-partner.

“Cody goes to seven. It wouldn’t surprise me if they at least explored that option.”

Graham was then asked what that would mean for reigning centre-back Lachlan Illias.

“What about Isaiah Tass, who was sensational?” he replied.

“Good quality first year under contract for next year. He’s too good to play in reserve.

“Just the fact that he didn’t go to another club would have told him we’re going to be experimenting with Jack Wighton and Cody Walker in half-combination.”

This comes amid heavy criticism of Illias from former South Sydney players.

Former Bunnies halfback Craig Field took to Facebook to vent his frustration.

“I need to get it out there – I don’t care what people think at Souths – but number 7 isn’t what this coach thinks. I was far from a perfect player, but @8)(: me,” Field wrote.

Club star Craig Coleman also liked the post.

However, the Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield said the criticism of Illias was unfair and that better known players should be held accountable.

“He only has $300,000. I think some big-money players didn’t justify their pay packets any better than Lachlan did,” Rothfield said on Big Sports Breakfast radio.

“Latrell has to have a really strong off-season, Cody has to play better than him.”

Rothfield said Souths must act quickly to strengthen the coaching ranks ahead of next season.

“Souths, they lost two assistant coaches – Sam Burgess and John Morris,” he said.

“You must identify two new and two good assistants.

“I think Jason Demetriou has shown this year that he needs really good support.”

Originally published as The arrival of Jack Wighton could force Souths into a bold move from Latrell Mitchell

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