Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker sign new South Sydney Rabbitohs contracts
An “emotional” Latrell Mitchell says the last major goal he wants to tick off before walking away from the NRL is winning premierships for South Sydney.
Mitchell, 25, signed a new deal with the Rabbitohs which ties him to the Redfern club until the end of 2027.
His close friend and fellow Bunnies star Cody Walker also announced a new deal, his expiring at the end of the 2025 season.
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Mitchell has already enjoyed a stellar career, winning two premierships with the Roosters before jumping ship to join the cardinal and myrtle brigade in 2020.
The Rabbitohs have been the most successful club in recent years to not win a title. They’ve made it to week three of the finals five seasons in a row, and in 2021 lost the grand final to Penrith.
Mitchell wants to be the man to bring the Provan Summons trophy to Redfern for the first time since 2014.
“Everything that has gone on in our careers, and for myself personally, it’s been a rollercoaster ride,” he told a large media pack on Wednesday.
“Ups and downs… but I’m definitely grateful to be able to set my future in concrete here.
“I got the opportunity to come over, to be in Redfern be among this great club.
“I’ve always had South Sydney running through my veins, with my dad, and with Taree which is a proud community, they love the Rabbitohs.
“I’ve always known if it wasn’t my first team it’s my second, but today I get to announce it as my first team.
“I want to be here for the rest of my career. I feel at home here, and that’s what matters to me.
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“It’s my home away from home and it’s the people in the environment that create that.
“It’s pretty emotional.
“(Walker and I) both want to win premierships here, we both want to bring a trophy home. We think similar, in a sense. We both want to make our families proud.”
Walker, now 32, made his NRL debut at the age of 26 after being given a chance by South Sydney and then-coach Michael Maguire.
He refused to say this new deal will be his last in the NRL, as he also strives to win a premiership alongside Mitchell and their Rabbitohs teammates.
“You get a sense of home,” Walker, originally from Casino in NSW, said.
“Two black kids from Taree and from Casino, who would have thought we would be in this position today.”
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