Reynolds quick to pull rank and put the lid on Latrell’s kicking goals
One of the first jobs for Adam Reynolds as South Sydney captain will be to remind superstar recruit Latrell Mitchell who the first-choice goalkicker is.
Mitchell was slotting conversions from the sideline at Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium in Mudgee on Friday morning before he posted video footage of himself bombing a left-footed field-goal straight over the black dot from 30m out.
Reynolds and Mitchell are two of the best sharp-shooters in the game, but the new skipper made it clear he was happy to pull rank when it came to the all-important job of adding the one- and two-point extras.
There is so much interest in Mitchell in Mudgee that the local mayor declared the new Souths No.1 was more popular than Greg Inglis, and the way he was mobbed in the city centre on Thursday ''was like Elvis walking down the street in the 1960s''.
In fact, Saturday night's Charity Shield is expected to go close to posting 10,000 fans for the first time because of Mitchell's involvement.
"Latrell has been the talk of the town here in Mudgee and he's loved by everyone,'' Reynolds told the Herald on Friday night.
"He's new to the club and hasn't had a full pre-season, but he's done a lot of work at fullback and it's our job to get the most out of him
"He's put his head down, worked hard, and you saw in that All Stars game [last weekend] how determined he is to make that No.1 jersey his own.
"I let him know who the goalkicker was a long time ago.
"He's a great kicker and the competition at training will only help bring out the best in both of us.
"He's already had a few bets with [teammates] James Roberts and Dane Gagai [that he'll kick]. I wouldn't count him out kicking field goals because he has a big boot. At some stage during the season he might be called upon to goal-kick as well.''
Mitchell was in no mood to talk after training – nor was coach Wayne Bennett, who said he'd know more about Mitchell's shift to fullback by full-time against St George Illawarra.
Mayor Kennedy told the Herald: "Latrell signed autographs here on Thursday and the kids just swarmed him. I've never seen anything like it.
"GI [Inglis] was hugely popular, but he had been around a while when he first came here a few years ago. Latrell is still a kid and all the fans love him.''
Kennedy added the attendance was set to hit 10,000 for the first time, and it was mainly because of the intense interest in the new No. 1.
Last year's attendance was 9027, slightly down on the previous year's 9133 and the 9267 who turned up for the round-10 clash between the Dragons and Newcastle.
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