Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler has challenged Latrell Mitchell to follow in the footsteps of Greg Inglis if he wants to take the next step in his Rugby League career and taste further success at the highest level.
Mitchell will turn out for the Indigenous All Stars against the Maori All Stars at AAMI Park on Friday 15 February after deciding to choose his culture over his club with the Sydney Roosters to face Wigan in the World Club Challenge on February 18 (AEST).
The NSW centre has been compared to Inglis since he made his first grade debut in 2016 and had an outstanding season last year after winning a premiership, winning a State of Origin series with the NSW Blues, and making his debut for Australia.
“He’s made some brave decisions over the last couple of years and in doing that he’s won a State of Origin series, won a competition and now he gets to represent his heritage, the indigenous team against the Maori All Stars,” Fittler told NSWRL.com.au.
“That will be a brilliant game. If it can be open, there’s a lot of skilful players out there. I’m sure it will be full, there’s a lot of great support down in Melbourne for Rugby League.
“(He’s) so much like Greg Inglis and it’s impossible not to compare the two because they’re obviously indigenous and they’re so big and so fast and so skilful, they can do anything.
“When you look at Greg’s career, when he got motivated and focussed and fit he normally won competitions so Latrell’s just got to take a leaf out of Greg’s book and hopefully follow down the same path.”