While Mitchell said he had certainly been exploring other options within the NRL, he rejected suggestions he would defect to another code.
“Obviously I went and seen [sic] the Tigers, I went and seen the Cowboys, I’m entitled to,” Latrell told NRL.com. “I haven’t seen the Titans, I’ve spoke to Mal [Meninga], that’s about it. People say I’m going to union, I’m going to AFL, I couldn’t even last in the NRL let alone AFL.
“I will have a yarn with him [Robinson] and Nick [Politis] when I get back, but that’s men’s business, you’ve just got to have a yarn. You can’t sit back like little kids anymore, it’s money we are talking about.”
Latrell explained how the contract debacle had weighed on him mentally and forced him to leave Sydney temporarily. The Roosters have been in the United States in the off-season, with Mitchell a notable absence from the group.
“It’s been wearing on me. I’ve literally come to the point where I was breaking but I just thought if I’ve got my family around me I’ll be alright. That’s why I made the decision not to go to LA and be around the boys,” he said.
Mitchell admitted that one of the reasons he began club shopping was his eagerness to play fullback, with James Tedesco in front of him at the Roosters.
“It’s [playing centre] sort of a chore now, I just want to challenge myself,” he said. “I started at fullback, I played all my juniors at fullback, Teddy [Tedesco] is awesome, he is the best in the world and I just said if there’s an opportunity somewhere to play fullback I would obviously try and see.”
Mitchell addressed being dropped after the Origin series opener by Blues coach Brad Fittler.
“I’m not going to go into too much detail with Freddy but I haven’t had a yarn with him. He said he was going to ring me and he still hasn’t rung me,” he said. “I didn’t get told what I needed to work on. I know I played a bad game but it’s like I can’t play good every game.”