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NRL: Souths excited for Mitchell return

South Sydney are excited to welcome back Latrell Mitchell against Melbourne Storm on Thursday and will not be telling the player to curb his aggression.

The Rabbitohs are priced at 10/1 to win the 2022 NRL grand final and Mitchell will be key to their chances of having a very strong campaign.

Disciplinary issues

The 24-year-old is one of the stars of the NRL but often finds himself in trouble with the judiciary and copped a big suspension that ruled him out of finals in 2021.

He was also involved in a training ground bust-up with Souths back-rower Jacob Host last week, but the bunnies do not want him to change.

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Host made light of the fracas and says he cannot wait to have Mitchell back in the side as Souths look to bounce back from the round-one loss against the Broncos.

"I think I got the win. I'm 1-0 in my professional fights now," Host joked on Monday. "Latrell's chomping at the bit to come back and play. He's excited and we're over the moon he's back.

"He's passionate and ready to go and he's an imposing figure on the field. He's one of, if not the best player in the competition and before he was suspended he was on the top of the Dally M.

"He's impossible to defend because he's got a palm and he's powerful and he can throw a great cutout pass. I've never seen him so dialled in as in this pre-season."

Johnston praise

Souths winger Alex Johnston echoed Host's comments and says the Rabbitohs are a much stronger force when Mitchell is in the side.

"He definitely lifts us in the sheds and on the field," Johnston added. "He's definitely the most talented (player in the NRL) when he's on he's the most damaging player for sure."

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