Suspended South Sydney prima Latrell Mitchell mightiness not beryllium capable to play successful Sunday's NRL expansive final, but he's doing his spot to assistance the squad earlier they instrumentality connected the Penrith Panthers.
Mitchell's play ended prematurely aft helium copped a six-week suspension for a arguable tackle connected Roosters centre Joseph Manu.
Mitchell hasn't abandoned his teammates though. He's been by their broadside each measurement of the mode successful training.
"I've been grooming hard against them and I'm not holding backmost for them," Mitchell told Nine News.
"I privation them to spell into this crippled knowing they've done everything imaginable and I've done everything successful my powerfulness to get these boys acceptable to beryllium capable to execute connected Sunday."
Despite missing retired connected the past fewer rounds of the twelvemonth and the finals, the Rabbitohs were capable to advancement to the play finale with youngster Blake Taaffe taking Mitchell's spot astatine fullback.
Like many, Mitchell has been impressed by Taaffe's show successful his lack and believes the 22-year-old tin proceed his bully signifier against the Panthers, and nether the precocious bombs of Penrith halfback, Nathan Cleary.
"He has a spot of content successful his catch, he's trained, helium knows what he's got to do," Mitchell said. "He's played fullback for astir of his life, truthful catching a shot shouldn't beryllium excessively hard."
The pugnacious pill to swallow for Mitchell is not being capable to play successful the expansive last with teammate and friend, Souths five-eighth Cody Walker.
"With Codes we've been having a bully yarn and that's the saddest happening is not being determination with him to stock that moment, but you cognize I'm truthful blessed for him.
"We debuted successful the aforesaid crippled and it would person been truthful bully to beryllium determination beside him for this crippled successful the expansive final."
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