A startling new report claims Latrell Mitchell is considering making himself unavailable for NSW selection in the immediate future.
The 22-year-old was dropped for State of Origin II after a below-par performance in the opening game of the series.
And according to the Sydney Morning Herald, he’s so “disillusioned” that he’s weighing up whether he wants to play for NSW again.
“Those close to him believe he will not make himself available for State of Origin duty again in the immediate future,” the SMH report says.
Mitchell's father Matt told the Herald on Monday: "I'm just happy he's back playing well for the Roosters and that's his main concern, just playing consistently.
"The rep stuff is a bonus but the Roosters pay his bills, not NSW.”
Meanwhile, Mitchell’s mother Patricia has revealed the heartache behind a two-month-long struggle for her son.
“Latrell has had to deal with the deaths of two aunties, a cousin and a great uncle,” Nine’s Danny Weidler reported on Monday.
Patricia said in a statement: “Latrell has been dealing with this the best that he can but this will affect any young person, as you could imagine.”
Mitchell and his brother Lionel were also allegedly racially abused at a pub in April, according to their mother.
Nine News reports Lionel has been charged with assault over an incident on the night.
“This has really affected Latrell. He has never had to deal with anything like this,” she told Nine News.
The Blues have arrived in Perth to begin preparations for the must-win clash on Sunday armed with a new-look side with seven changes from game one.
Captain Boyd Cordner had Mitchell on his mind.
"It's obviously a bit surprising but as soon as I (had) seen the team, you can see it's a very strong squad," Cordner said on Monday.
"(It) obviously gives you confidence straight away that we can come over here and be able to get the job done."
The Roosters skipper briefly spoke with club teammates Mitchell and Angus Crichton before leaving Sydney, but will do so again through the week.
"It's more disappointing for them. Obviously being teammates, it's hard to see them go through that," Cordner said.
"It's obviously hard to take so I didn't want to crowd them too much.
"They've got to have time to process it all. But I just said to know I'm thinking of them and I'll probably speak to them throughout the week."