Roosters throw Latrell to the Tigers


‘‘A lot’s been written and we’re happy for him to do that. It’s just, we can’t sit and wait for that to happen. We’ve got to move on as well.’’

Robinson believes the Kangaroos representative has ambitions to play in the No.1 jersey.

‘‘I think he wants to play fullback. I think that’s his desire,’’ the three-times premiership-winning coach said.

‘‘So he’s going to go and explore the opportunities. It’s as simple as that. There’s no angst there. It’s just he’s out there looking at the moment.’’

The Tigers appear to be the frontrunners to land Mitchell’s signature, with coach Michael Maguire and CEO Justin Pascoe recently visiting the 22-year-old in Taree.

Another key piece in the recruitment trip was Tigers head of football Adam Hartigan, who joined them from the Roosters in July.

Hartigan was on the coaching staff of the SG Ball team that featured Mitchell, who was man-of-the-match in their grand final win in 2014.

Should the joint-venture land Mitchell, he will arrive two years after the Tigers watched James Tedesco depart for the Roosters.

Recently appointed Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis made no secret of the club’s pursuit of Mitchell.

‘‘There’s no point in being coy. We want Latrell at the Tigers next year. There’s no doubt about that,’’ Hagipantelis told The Big Sports Breakfast. ‘‘He is a quality human being, a quality player on and off the field. The lines of communication with Latrell and his management have been opened.

‘‘We would not be the only club that would be interested in a marquee player of Latrell’s stature in the game.’’

The Tigers are also believed to be closing in on recruiting back-rower Luciano Leilua from St George Illawarra and announcing the re-signing of a number of players. AAP

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