Announcement

Collapse

Premium Subscriptions are now Active

Premium Subscriptions to TheChookpen.com.au can now be purchased and activated by clicking this link here or by clicking your Username at the top right, then User Settings, then Subscriptions. Thanks for your ongoing support leading into 2020! For more information about Premium Subscriptions, please click this link.
See more
See less

Paul Kent article in the Tele today

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Paul Kent article in the Tele today

    Wow, you guys read Paul Kent today ?

    I'd say reading between the lines that Nick sought out Boyd's opinion of Latrell's value to the team. So Trent spends as much time with the team, as he does with Latrell; what a shame.

  • #2
    Originally posted by 74 Rooster View Post
    Wow, you guys read Paul Kent today ?

    I'd say reading between the lines that Nick sought out Boyd's opinion of Latrell's value to the team. So Trent spends as much time with the team, as he does with Latrell; what a shame.
    I think he meant a Canterbury-Bankstown senior player in which they made a decision he’s not what they need.

    Comment


    • #3
      Can someone who has access post the Kent article.

      Comment


      • #4


        Latrell Mitchell suffered the most fatal injury in sport when he stubbed his toe on his scrapbook earlier this season.

        It was some injury, such is the recent praise.

        It put Mitchell immediately in danger of joining a forgotten legion of players, all on the rise, who lost sight of what earned them their success and they instead took the big money that soon, and inevitably, turned into the short money.

        It is not often you watch on as one of the sad stories in sport is being written but, right here, a cautionary tale is being penned before our eyes.

        Stream the 2019 Oceania Cup Live & On-Demand on KAYO SPORTS. Get your 14 day free trial and start streaming instantly > Latrell Mitchell has a big decision to make on his future. Art: Boo Bailey
        Former players have urged Mitchell to stay where he is at Sydney Roosters, who seem to have lost patience with him. Teammates have reached out in recent times out of concern, the Rugby League Players Association has put its concern on record.

        Yet none of them seem able to do anything, which is the NRL’s tragedy.

        The reasons why, in as much as those around Mitchell all insist they are doing nothing but what is best for the young player even as the growing number of advisers and urgers all overlook the fact success is built on foundations.

        Talent does not transfer easily. Success is the residue of hard work and good practices.



        FROM OUR PARTNERS

        See every ball of every Test, ODI, T20I & BBL live Foxtel Now 10 day free trial*

        Mitchell’s problem is twofold; his youth and his ears. He has so many people whispering sweet deals in them, without the wisdom to discern, it is easy to become confused.

        Sadly he has yet to mature to a point where he can distinguish the good advice from the bad. Mitchell has been tipped for a club switch. Picture: Dan Himbrechts
        Where it began, so far as anyone can tell, is after his brilliant game in round eight. He scored 26 points against Wests Tigers and many were quick to declare, such was his dominance, that he was quite simply the best player in the world.

        His stats were mighty and surely backed up their assertions. Three tries, seven goals, six runs for 194m, which included five tackles busts, two line breaks, a line break assist and two try assists to go along with his three tries.

        Shortly after, like clockwork, it emerged Canterbury had approached Mitchell through an intermediary and a 10-year $10 million offer was being spoken about.

        It would reflect his status as the best player in the world.

        Only, he wasn’t.

        Behind the dazzling stats was the fact that all those numbers were generated from just six runs. How often could a performance like that be repeated? Mitchell has been encouraged by former players to stay at the Roosters. Picture: Dan Himbrechts
        Unfortunately it just got worse.

        Mitchell was already in a managerial dispute with his long-time manager Steve Deacon. Deacon was there from the beginning but as Mitchell’s talent grew, and his worth with it, conspirators got in his ear and leveraged a small fissure between Mitchell and Deacon into an unworkable problem.

        Mitchell went to market for a new manager and surprised most, and angered some, when he settled on Kalyn Ponga’s manager Wayde Rushton.

        Then it began to get really murky.

        Another manager, Mario Tartak, introduced Mitchell to Canterbury Leagues Club chairman George Coorey which is where the Bulldogs 10-year deal first stemmed from.

        Everybody could see Mitchell was being romanced by greener pastures.

        The Roosters looked on concerned. Rushton, a freshly signed contract in hand, remained unconcerned.

        The Bulldogs football club had no official contact with Mitchell. The entire conversation was speculative. Mitchell recently signed with Kalyn Ponga’s manager, Wayde Rushton. Picture: Mark Metcalfe
        Tartak was simply introducing Mitchell to Coorey and the potential of what might be.

        Things began souring during the finals, though.

        The Roosters turned up for their first finals game at the SCG and Mitchell turned up in a flash new Mercedes S63 Turbo. The car, it is believed, was provided by Tartak.

        Beating Souths earned them a week off.

        By now speculation about his future was being reported on weekly, if not daily.

        Not only were the Bulldogs still hovering with their 10-year offer but more clubs, driven by more urgers, were circling Mitchell with promises of gold bullion.

        Then it got worse.

        With the week off Mitchell had a secret meeting with Tartak and Coorey.

        At one point one of those loosely advising Mitchell told Coorey he could deliver Mitchell. All he needed was a small payment of $50,000. And he’d prefer it kept quiet.

        Coorey, because he is not crazy, immediately knocked it back.

        The secrecy around the meeting angered the Roosters. They saw it as disrespectful. Here they were fine tuning a premiership defence and Mitchell was secretly negotiating. Billy Smith has been tipped to replace the boots of Mitchell. Picture: Cameron Spencer
        About then the Roosters reworked their plans. Brett Morris could play centre next season.

        He is not the threat Mitchell is in attack but defensively he will be there for every minute, something Mitchell can’t be accused of.

        Billy Smith is on the rise.

        It reached a head Tuesday when Roosters coach Trent Robinson called Mitchell in and

        Mitchell arrived believing he was meeting for his annual review.

        Towards the end of the meeting Robinson told Mitchell what the Roosters believed he was worth. Mitchell did not pick up on the finality of it. He told Robinson he wanted to explore the market to find his value.

        Later, the Roosters called his manager Wayde Rushton to say they had withdrawn their offer. It leaves Mitchell in his final season with a year to negotiate at a new club.

        But the Roosters are happy to let him go now.

        As late as Friday Rushton said up to nine clubs are interested in him for next season. Mitchell has tasted enormous success in recent years. Picture: Anthony Au-Yeung
        Then later on Friday the Bulldogs confirmed they were not one of them.

        “We’re out,” chief executive Andrew Hill said on Friday.

        “With all the speculation around the club and Latrell we thought it would be the right thing to let our members and fans know that we are not pursuing any interest in Latrell Mitchell.”

        He declared it a definite no.

        It came after a short talk with coach Dean Pay last week.

        They simply did not believe he was right for the culture of a club in a rebuild.

        Here it comes back to the Roosters. With an $800,000 a year offer on the table and for all the care they gave him, there was a clear belief he showed no gratitude for what the Roosters had done for him and were still doing.

        A meeting between a senior player and club officials confirmed it when the player got honest. Mitchell, he said, did not quite fit with the playing group.

        He always needed extra work. Robinson was understanding, going as far as allowing him to return to Taree mid-season to escape the mental stress of life in the NRL.
        FOXSPORTS0:49 Latrell Mitchell heading to the Cowboys?
        NRL: With Latrell Mitchell’s contract situation still up in the air, the Roosters star is reportedly considering a move to the North Queensland Cowboys

        Robinson, the player said, would spend as much time preparing Mitchell and his quirk as he would the rest of the team combined. Was he worth the work? With indications the high maintenance will get worse? And at that price?

        Canterbury’s formal withdrawal on Friday was a nod to those whispers.

        “Jarryd Hayne all over again,” one club insider said.

        It is a bad time for Mitchell to be getting bad advice.

        His talent is undeniable.

        But his consistency is missing for a player asking marquee money and his leadership, given the work that needs to be put into him, should already be there in a player commanding such money.

        With money, Mitchell seems never to have been told, comes expectation.

        Rushton is in a delicate position. Any sound recommendations he makes are undermined by rivals and their promises of more money, when the smart move is not that at all.

        Calls from teammates are dismissed as agenda driven.

        The smart decision disappeared Tuesday, when the Roosters took the kid gloves off and declared the offer gone.

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by ROC181 View Post

          I think he meant a Canterbury-Bankstown senior player in which they made a decision he’s not what they need.
          No mate he meant a roosters senior player - what article did you read

          Comment


          • #6
            If Kent's article is accurate, sounds like Latrell's gone.

            Comment


            • #7
              Not sure it means he is gone just yet - it just means we will not pay more than 800 and if he gets more than that elsewhere he may or may not go - if he gets 50-100 more I think we are still in it - if he gets 200plus more we are nor - that’s my tale anyway - at least we have some greats coming out atm in support of him staying at the chooks for less today because it will be more eventually.

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by The Lip View Post

                No mate he meant a roosters senior player - what article did you read

                Kent is talking about Canterbury saying that he doesn’t fit the culture of a club that is rebuilding, then says that a senior player and club official ‘got honest about Mitchell not fitting the playing group..’
                Then such player describes that Robinson spent a lot of time with Mitchell and would be high maintenance for such a price.

                Then the article goes back to Canterbury withdrawal was a ‘nod to those whispers...’

                Why would Kent go from discussing about the Roosters, then Canterbury, then the Roosters and back to Canterbury? It makes no sense!!! And I doubt a senior Roosters player would be so blatant as to describe Latrell as high maintenance after playing with him for so many years!

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by ROC181 View Post


                  Kent is talking about Canterbury saying that he doesn’t fit the culture of a club that is rebuilding, then says that a senior player and club official ‘got honest about Mitchell not fitting the playing group..’
                  Then such player describes that Robinson spent a lot of time with Mitchell and would be high maintenance for such a price.

                  Then the article goes back to Canterbury withdrawal was a ‘nod to those whispers...’

                  Why would Kent go from discussing about the Roosters, then Canterbury, then the Roosters and back to Canterbury? It makes no sense!!! And I doubt a senior Roosters player would be so blatant as to describe Latrell as high maintenance after playing with him for so many years!

                  Yeah, it's a bit messy, but I thought he was saying that one of us said he was high maintenance. If that part is accurate, it will be hard, not impossible, for him to stay.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by zac View Post

                    Yeah, it's a bit messy, but I thought he was saying that one of us said he was high maintenance. If that part is accurate, it will be hard, not impossible, for him to stay.
                    Yes it’s a little vague but unless Kent was sloshed as he was writing, it doesn’t make sense to jump from one club to another. Plus assuming it was Jake it Cords, they wouldn’t be throwing Latrell under the bus. There would be some appreciation that he was an integral part of the two premierships and I’m sure they would be wanting to help him out that discarding him whereas an outsider wouldn’t be emotionally attached to Latrell.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Apparently signed with the tigers for $1.3M per yr for 4 yrs....

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by can'tkeepagoodcoqdown View Post
                        Apparently signed with the tigers for $1.3M per yr for 4 yrs....
                        “Apparent” to someone on acid, maybe.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ROC181 View Post

                          Yes it’s a little vague but unless Kent was sloshed as he was writing, it doesn’t make sense to jump from one club to another. Plus assuming it was Jake it Cords, they wouldn’t be throwing Latrell under the bus. There would be some appreciation that he was an integral part of the two premierships and I’m sure they would be wanting to help him out that discarding him whereas an outsider wouldn’t be emotionally attached to Latrell.
                          My reading says Canterbury that part is about the Canterbury club and the senior player is la Dylan

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by The ticket View Post

                            My reading says Canterbury that part is about the Canterbury club and the senior player is la Dylan
                            Probably so but it could be Jackson too. It’s no secret that Robbo has bent over backwards with Mitchell and many players would have friendships between clubs and would talk about stuff like that amongst themselves.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Spirit of 66 View Post

                              “Apparent” to someone on acid, maybe.
                              Was quoted on triple M today on the radio. I know all speculation but that amount of money is out of this world!!
                              Red, White and Bluesters!!!

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X