Mitchell hopes to change the game at No.1

Indigenous All Star Latrell Mitchell hopes to reinvent himself as a fullback with the Rabbitohs.
Indigenous All Star Latrell Mitchell hopes to reinvent himself as a fullback with the Rabbitohs.

After fearing complacency at Sydney Roosters, Latrell Mitchell says he hopes to replicate hero Greg Inglis and "change the game" at fullback at new NRL home South Sydney.

And the 22-year-old aims to give a preview when he runs out for the Indigenous All Stars in Saturday's clash with the Maori All Stars on the Gold Coast after finally putting a very public off-season contract saga behind him.

While insisting there were no hard feelings with the Roosters, the NRL star said Redfern already felt like home and he was embracing the challenge of making the Rabbitohs No.1 jersey his own.

"The whole point of why I wanted to move from a club was to go and challenge myself," he said.

"Otherwise I was just going to get complacent with what I was doing, and centre wasn't cutting it for me.

"It was just a routine (at Roosters). I thought I would go and challenge myself."

Mitchell will be taking notes from Indigenous assistant and former North Queensland No.1 Matt Bowen on the finer points of fullback play ahead of the All Stars clash.

But there are no prizes for guessing who will be his inspiration for the 2020 season - idol Inglis, the ex-South Sydney skipper who became a Rabbitohs outside backs assistant after his 2019 retirement as a player.

"There are different fullbacks. You have Teddy (Roosters' James Tedesco) and there was Billy Slater - little nippy fellas," Mitchell said.

"But Greg changed the game for big fullbacks. I am not a little nippy fella so I want to be smart, I need to be in position earlier.

"Guys like Teddy, they can whip around and run around corners and that's how they are.

"For me I want to change the game for a big fullback."

Mitchell hopes to cut his teeth in his new position for the Indigenous All Stars after admitting he had already tried to get tips from Inglis at Rabbitohs training.

"He just said 'play your own game' but at training he is helping with my positioning," Mitchell said.

"I will need some minutes under my belt so it should be good (playing fullback for the Indigenous All Stars).

"But I have a few more weeks to get some fitness under my belt - the sky is the limit for me."

Mitchell refused to criticise the Roosters on Monday but clearly had no regrets about his Redfern move after clicking with new coach Wayne Bennett.

"There's no hard feelings. I gave my all to the Roosters. Whatever happened, happened," he said.

"They gave me an opportunity to crack first grade. They are a good club, very professional, and they know how to manage a footballer."

Asked about Bennett, Mitchell broke into a beaming smile.

"He's fun, it's a good vibe. It's like park footy," he laughed.

"It's just the way that he goes about his business - you just want to play for him."

Australian Associated Press