TOPSHOT - Joseph Manu of New Zealand (L) is tackled by Latrell Mitchell of Australia (R) during the Trans Tasman rugby league international between New Zealand and Australia at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on October 13, 2018. (Photo by Fiona Goodall / AFP) (Photo credit should read FIONA GOODALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Latrell Mitchell has boldly claimed that his Roosters teammate Joseph Manu will become the best centre in the game following the Kiwis’ narrow 26-24 win over Australia on Saturday, as reported by nrl.com.

Mitchell and Manu faced off against each other for Australia and New Zealand respectively just weeks after guiding the Roosters to a premiership, a tough contest which saw Manu arguably win the honours with one try, another brilliantly set up and a third disallowed in a starring role for the Kiwis.

“He’s an unbelievable talent,” Mitchell said.

“I don’t doubt he’ll be the best centre in the game one day – probably could even be next year. He just turns it on. I think he can go to another level. He has showed that.”

“I actually believe he can be the best centre in the game,” Mitchell said.

“I know I get the raps, but that’s not for me to say. The way he’s played the last two years, I’ve seen him grow as a player. He’s an unbelievable talent and the things he does I wish I could do.”

In response to Mitchell’s praise, Manu said:“It’s pretty nice words coming from him. We just talked about it after the game, and we said, ‘were the two best centres in the world’. We have a lot of respect for each other”.

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Mitchell and Manu developed through the Roosters’ junior ranks together, becoming close friends in tandem with their rocketing rise to football prominence. Saturday’s match marked their test debut, having jointly earned their respective national colours after brilliant seasons with the Roosters.

“I said to him ‘congrats, I’m proud of you and love ya’. He said the same back and we shared a hug. It was a special moment. I was proud of his performance but disappointed in myself for letting him play as well as he did,” Mitchell said.

“I’m happy to see him do well. He’s one of my brothers, we’re close and I enjoy watching him play. He’s a freak and you’re always on the edge of your seat. I got goose bumps playing against him.”

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      • I think oneeyeskinned rabbit that Souths cant afford any one because they have spent to much on all their imports不不不不不不不不不不不不不不不

        • WoodChook October 15, 2018 at 9:28 pm
          Souths cant afford any one because they have spent to much on all their imports

          Did you actually say that with a straight face Woody? I wonder. The Roosters are already well over the cap and they are still signing players (Angus Crichton, Brett Morris, Ryan Hall) with rumours of more (Taupau and Pangai junior) and they are only losing Ferguson. Where will it end? Let me guess, with another premiership in 2019 and another yacht in Neutral Bay for Greenberg!

  1. These two brilliant Roosters and developed by the Roosters are both signed until the end of the 2020 season. They do not get an increase at the Roosters until they renegotiate their next contracts. Just because these two superstars have represented their country it is irrelevant to the contracts they have signed on for now. You can bet though that these two Roosters will not be quick to do a Roger Tuivasa-Shreck and back stab the club that got them to become what they are today.
    Successful clubs like the Sydney Roosters attract and develop great players and they all no that if you want to play rep footy and win competitions then reduced contracts of what they can receive elsewhere is not everything. Examples: Pearce 800k at the Roosters 1mil at Newcastle, premiership winner and rep player to not playing semifnals and no rep honors, Kane Evans 250k signed with Parra for 350k could of won a premiership this season, instead took the money and won a Wooden Spoon, Lots of great clubs have achieved success because they get payed well but to stick together they sign for less. Teams like the Roosters, Manly, Brisbane, Cowboys, Melbourne, have established this mentality amongst their elite players.
    They finish their careers with five houses and a stack of money in the bank and win three or four premierships and gain the highest rep honors by staying together. Or the other choice is not to play semi final football ,not a lot of rep honors playing in less successful teams earn 7 houses and a stack of money in the bank. But they do not have a happy playing career. If I was a player like Manu or Mitchell it is a simple choice to make. Tuivasa-Shreck had he stayed at the Roosters would be playing for premierships for maybe 200k less than his 1.1 mil now. But He will play the rest of his career without winning another premiership. It all boils down to how greedy an individual is. 返梗

    • Hey Woody, here’s a few bucks 埠埠埠 go and buy yourself some paragraphs and a couple of periods!

      It’s bad enough that your mob are making a mockery of the salary cap and buying the favour of the NRL without bragging about “how your club does it better than the rest” and thinking any of us here buy your BS! Getting away with cheating is nothing to crow about old chook, even if you ARE “Russ with a truss”.

  2. Now that these two have played test footy you’d think their price will increase. Good thing we have a sombrero

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