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Billy Slater says ‘it’s all up to Latrell’ on how good he can be at fullback

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Melbourne Storm legend Billy Slater says it’s all up to Rabbitohs recruit Latrell Mitchell on just how great a fullback he can become.

Mitchell made the move in the off-season to Redfern after winning his second straight premiership with the Roosters in 2019.

The 22-year-old who previously spent time at the back early on in his Roosters career and hasn’t hidden his desire to pursue a positional switch from the centres.

Slater told Wide World of Sports radio Mitchell has all the attributes to be a successful fullback.

“We get a great opportunity to see what he can do at fullback this weekend (at the All-Star game),” Slater said.

“I think it’s all up to Latrell.

“If he’s willing to put in the work and have that work ethic to become a great fullback, he’s got all the talent in the world.

“We’ve seen what he can do in the centres, we’ve seen him play five-eighth.

“So he’s got the skills there, if he commits himself I can’t see why it can’t be a success.”

While New South Wales State of Origin coach Brad Fittler believes Mitchell can be a success at the back if he has the motivation to do so.

“Without a doubt, he’s one of those players when he’s motivated by proving people wrong he does it with ease,” Fittler said.

“Latrell grew up playing fullback, I remember in the under 20s a couple of years ago, he was only 18-years-old and he played fullback and scored a couple of tries and did exactly what he needed to do.

“He’ll do it different to Kalyn (Ponga), he’ll do it different to Billy Slater, James Tedesco and a few of the other great fullbacks.

“Without a doubt he’ll have an impact and when he’s on, they’ll (Souths) normally win games.”

Mitchell has played 96 NRL games since debuting for the Roosters in 2016 and has also represented New South Wales and Australia.

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