Latrell Mitchell pays big price for hit Joey Manu

Latrell Mitchell will pay an even higher price than missing the last series for his antics against the Roosters last Friday night.

The star fullback’s brainteaser has almost certainly cost him the chance to become one of the Rabbitohs’ co-captains next season.

The Rabbitohs will appoint two captains to replace the outgoing Adam Reynolds in 2022 with four contenders: Damien Cook, Cam Murray, Cody Walker… and Mitchell.

But club officials are now ready to put the red marker in Mitchell’s name after his night of shame up north.

It wasn’t even Latrell’s terrible tackle that put Rooster Joey Manu in the hospital – it was his antics afterwards that showed the talented fullback isn’t mature enough to handle the pressure of a team leader.

Mitchell lost his cool when he returned to the field after his stint in the sin box, with sting and fury, and his display will cost him a job he would have cherished.

Veteran winger to stay with Parramatta in 2022

Blake Ferguson’s two-try performance in the Eels’ massive upset over Melbourne may have saved the veteran winger’s career.

The 31-year-old flanker has had a mixed season, at one point he was retired and he has yet to be offered a deal for 2022.

But Fergy is a proven big game player – as he showed against the Storm – and his manager Sam Ayoub hopes to make a new settlement soon.

I spoke to Fergy this week and while other clubs may be an option, he prefers to stay with the Eels.

“I’ll let Sam do the talking for me,” he said. “He has never disappointed me in contract years.”

Bulldogs cap bites

Versatile Broncos forward John Asiata’s move to the Bulldogs is in danger of being canceled.

Both sides have nearly agreed on terms, but the problem is the Bulldogs’ disastrous mess.

In principle, the club does not have a cent to spend on the salary cap, unless it pushes players through.

Sending bad boy back rower Adam Elliott could open the door for Asiata – but nothing has happened yet.

“I’ve talked to John and told him not to wait for us if he can play elsewhere,” Bulldogs boss Phil Gould told me.

Dragon drawing tree rookie

The nephew of former Dragons Kyle and Chase Stanley has signed with the Big Red V for next season.

Cyrus Stanley-Traill, a promising 16-year-old front rower from the Bulldogs system, has agreed to a three-year contract with the Dragons.

Big and strong, Stanley-Trail has a Fiji father and a Samoan mother and was a standout at Endeavor Sports High School and on junior rep teams.

The teenager was in high demand before he decided to follow in the footsteps of his two uncles with the Dragons.

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