2022-06-27 22:23:00

Rabbitohs centre Latrell Mitchell has urged selectors to retain Matt Burton in the New South Wales squad, however the 22-year-old will have to change position.

Burton wore the number three jersey during his magnificent debut on Sunday night, a jersey that Mitchell has worn in the past and one he hopes to win back.

Mitchell will return to the field this Saturday when the Bunnies take on the Eels, which will be his first game back since his hamstring injury in April.

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The Rabbitohs superstar is tipped to return to the Blues squad on the premise that he plays well this weekend, however with Wighton returning and Burton’s sublime performance, Fittler will have quite the decision to make.

Despite Mitchell being enthusiastic to play alongside Burton, he’s very eager to have his number three jersey returned.

“Burton can have the No.4 (jersey),” Mitchell commented on Instagram.

When informed about the Instagram comment Blues coach Brad Fittler couldn’t help but laugh.

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Matt Burton scored a try on his Origin debut on Sunday night. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Matt Burton scored a try on his Origin debut on Sunday night. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“Is Trell a selector now?” Fittler jokingly said.

“He’s a very talented bloke, Latrell. I look forward to watching him this week.”

While Burton stepped up in Game II, his replacement of Jack Wighton wasn’t based on form, which will create a selection headache for Fittler.

Following Wighton’s form in Game I and Burton’s debut of a lifetime, Penrith’s Stephen Crichton will most likely lose his starting spot.

There’s no doubt Mitchell will be motivated to send Freddy a message through his performance this Saturday in order to grab the number three jersey from Burton.

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