Despite interest in the move North Queensland football boss Peter Parr says several players would need to be offloaded fro them to bring in Latrell Mitchell.
It was suggested that hooker Jake Granville could leave the club, freeing up some money for the move but Parr said that even if Granville left, the Cowboys still wouldn’t have enough money to make a realistic offer for Mitchell.
“And that is where it all gets complex,” Parr said, speaking to Sky Sports Radio.
“When you are talking about someone like Latrell, you are talking about multiple years in the deal and whether you need to shift players.
“Then you have to work out how that affects you culturally and if you have still have enough money.
“So there are a lot of conversations to be had.
“Whether we end up coming up with something for Latrell, I think that is debatable and it wouldn’t be a decision we could reach in the short term.
“It will be difficult but you never say never.”
Mitchell met with club officials in Townsville last week but North Queensland’s bid looked unlikely after signing on Valentine Holmes for six years.
However, during Monday’s press conference about Holmes’ arrival coach Paul Green stated that negotiations for Mitchell were still ongoing and they hadn’t given up.
That led to rumours linking Granville to the Super League and Manly. When asked if Granville would still be at the club in 2020 Parr was unsure.
“I can’t answer that 100 per cent with surety.”
“We haven’t rang any other clubs with regards to Jake Granville, but we have signed Reece Robson to a longer-term deal and we have a lot of time for Reece Robson.
“I think other clubs may be looking. If they need strengthening of that position then Jake may be someone they look at given our signing of Robson.
“So I can’t deny other clubs may have contacted Jake’s agent but I can say categorically that we haven’t picked up the phone and tried to sell Jake.”