Mitchell won't compare game with Tedesco's

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Latrell Mitchell wants to become one of the NRL's premier fullbacks but says his game shouldn't be compared to that of James Tedesco's.

Mitchell will meet with his "old flame" the Sydney Roosters for just the second time since his shock exit from the club at the end of 2019 when South Sydney host their round three clash on Friday night.

A two-time premiership winner at left centre for the Tri-colours, Mitchell set up a try but had limited involvement in his clash against the Roosters last May.

However, he has since developed significantly as a fullback, now looming as one of the biggest threats across the entire game on the Rabbitohs' lethal left edge with two tries and two assists already this year.

Mitchell rarely discussed fullback play with Tedesco while still at the Roosters, having only played 16 games there in 2016 before the arrival of the NSW Origin No.1 in the lead-up to the 2018 season.

"He's his own sort of player, I'm my own sort of player," Mitchell said.

"I like watching him and seeing him play.

"But at the end of the day I like focusing on myself and my skill and just getting the job done."

Mitchell has made a habit throughout his career of saving his best for the big personal battles, having got the better of arch-rival Will Chambers on a number of occasions at centre.

The 23-year-old was involved in a war of words with Joey Leilua before the 2019 grand final, before producing the decisive play as the Roosters claimed back-to-back titles.

While he is by no means about to enter a verbal stoush with Tedesco, Mitchell's history of embracing the battle sets up a tantalising duel.

"(We're different). He's real nippy and fast," Mitchell said.

"And I just love the physicality of being at the back and running on the ball and just executing passes.

"That's what I get the joy out of.

"I love the creativity, being able to create stuff out of nothing. It's a good trait to have.

"And going off the back of Cody (Walker) at the other end it's an awesome thing as well."

Mitchell admitted he found it hard not playing in last year's club record 60-8 drubbing of the Roosters, having missed the end of the year through injury.

He has not kept contact with the majority of his old Roosters' teammates, claiming his family outside of football takes up most of his focus.

And he didn't expect that to change this week, although not entirely ruling out any banter.

"It depends on if I get a bit fiery, I don't know" Mitchell said.

"I get real passionate about footy... There is always going to be emotion and passion there.

"But I am a South Sydney Rabbitoh now and that's all that matters."