After Souths’ historic failure, shocking “swap” reports linked Latrell Mitchell and Sam Burgess.

After Souths’ historic failure, shocking “swap” reports linked Latrell Mitchell and Sam Burgess.

According to reports, the South Sydney Rabbitohs are thinking about moving Latrell Mitchell from fullback to another position for the upcoming season.
Coaches Jason Demetriou and Sam Burgess are also said to have discussed the possibility of a coach swap with Warrington.
The Rabbitohs are debating whether they want Mitchell to play fullback again in 2024 or whether he would be better suited in the centers, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

A versatile player who can play anywhere from fullback to center, five-eighth, and lock, Jack Wighton will join the Rabbitohs from Canberra in the upcoming season. According to the report, Demetriou is still confident that he can make Mitchell fire at fullback.

Mitchell’s position will be a major topic of discussion in 2023 when the club conducts a review into their appalling collapse.
After dominating the competition through round 12 and missing out on the finals for the first time in NRL history, the Rabbitohs made history.

After making a late-season comeback from a calf injury, Mitchell’s performances came under intense criticism, with his repeated failure to appear where he should.
Many are calling for Mitchell to permanently switch to center, where he has played for NSW and Australia, because the 26-year-old doesn’t put in the “extra” work that the top fullbacks in the game all do.

At the beginning of his career with the Roosters, Mitchell began by playing in the centers.
In his time with the Roosters from 2016 to 2019 (98 games overall; 25 per season), he contributed to the team’s back-to-back premierships.

When he signed with the Rabbitohs and switched to fullback, things were very different.
With Souths, he played just 64 games from 2020 to 2023 (16 per season).
He has missed a whopping 37 games in his four years at Souths, including 26 due to injury, 10 due to suspension, and 1 because of State of Origin duty.
He only missed six games during his four years with the Roosters (four due to injury, one due to a suspension, and one due to Origin).

For South Sydney in 2024, Jack Wighton and Latrell Mitchell will collaborate.

It was proposed to swap Sam Burgess and Jason Demetriou.

High-ranking Souths officials have investigated the possibility of striking a deal with Warrington that would send Demetriou in the opposite direction and bring Burgess back to the club as head coach, according to a shocking report in the Herald.
Just two weeks before the regular season came to an end, Burgess, a Souths legend who was a key player in the club’s 2014 premiership, resigned from his position as assistant coach.

According to reports, Burgess had expressed concerns about the club’s’soft’ treatment of Mitchell and Cody Walker because he couldn’t agree with the standards (or lack thereof) that Demetriou was upholding. Burgess will become the head coach of Warrington in 2024, but many think he’ll also fill that position at Souths soon.

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“A Warrington official confirmed the club had been made aware of the rumors that a high-level Rabbitohs figure wanted Burgess to consider returning to the club he walked out on a fortnight ago,” according to the Herald.
The Super League would receive Demetriou, while Burgess would stay in Australia, according to the information provided to Warrington.

While Burgess declined to comment, South Sydney has refuted the allegations.
According to rumors, Souths co-owner Russell Crowe is friends with Warrington owner Simon Moran and assisted Burgess in obtaining the position of club president at the Super League team.


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