Young teammate of injured Latrell Mitchell reveals the surprising text messages he receives after every game from the NRL superstar
Latrell Mitchell may not be able to take the field with his Rabbitohs teammates but he's doing everything he can to secure the team a spot in the Grand Final.
Hi replacement, Corey Allan, 22, says the NRL star sends him text messages after each game giving him feedback and tips on his performance.
Mitchell, 23, had his season cut short in round 16 after rupturing a tendon in his hamstring - a heavy blow to South Sydney.
But as the Rabbitohs gear up to face the Penrith Panthers in this weekend's Preliminary Finals, the young gun is determined to do all he can to get them a win.
'Latrell messaged me the other night, and he usually messages me after every game giving me tips,' Allan said.
Allan stepped into Mitchell's role as fullback after having played just three games for the team this season.
He said Mitchell hadn't 'forgotten' about the team and the last time they spoke he was fixing a fence at his farm in Taree.
'He is always helping us to be at our best considering he has won two premierships, so he knows what it is like to be in the finals, and he knows how to win,' Allan said.
'He is such a good bloke, and everyone loves him. To hear from Latrell all the time is really helping me and is giving me confidence as well.'
Allan said the injured fullback was always putting himself before the team and knew how life in the spotlight could weigh heavily on the players.
All eyes were on Mitchell at the start of the year when it was announced he would make the switch from the centres at the Roosters to fullback at the Rabbitohs.
Critics said the positional change would be too hard for the Indigenous star, but he quickly silenced them with a string of impressive performances.
Allan said Mitchell, who has often been the target of racial abuse on field, had also helped him work on staying focused.
'There is a lot of outside noise that comes with finals football, so he is getting me to think about my own game,' Allan said.
'He said keep doing what I've been doing, but don't over-prepare. Latrell is always there, and he is always listening if anyone needs anything.'
South Sydney will go head to head with the Panthers on Saturday night in the hopes of securing a position in the grand final.