Mitchell enjoyed a barnstorming return from injury in the Bunnies' 30-12 win over Parramatta on Saturday night, the 25-year-old’s first game of footy in 12 weeks.
After spending time in the United States with a conditioning specialist, Mitchell has dominated headlines as the question over his potential New South Wales selection was glued to the back pages this week.
Mitchell missed the first two games of the series due to the injury which has kept him out since Round 5.
🚨 BREAKING NEWS 🚨
Latrell Mitchell has ruled himself OUT of Origin Game III, declaring he wants to focus on South Sydney for the rest of this season.
— Jack Blyth (@jblesfooty224) July 2, 2022
Speaking on Fox League after the match, Mitchell shut down the rumours and announced his intention to repay South Sydney’s faith in him.
"I think I'm going shut down those headlines now," Mitchell said.
'I'm going to pull myself out and worry about Souths and focus on myself.
"I just want to focus on South Sydney and myself and get myself right for the back end of the season."
The decision will be music to head coach Jason Demetriou’s ears, with the club spending $70,000 on Mitchell’s rehab in Philadelphia.
Mitchell said it was simply good to be back on the field.
"It was real good to get back. I worked really hard and I haven't sacrificed this much in such a short period of time to get myself right," Mitchell told Fox League.
"It felt really good mentally, physically, emotionally and I've grown so much and matured."