'Latrell to rugby?': Mitchell linked with stunning code switch

The circus that is Latrell Mitchell's NRL off-season shows no signs of coming to a halt.

With options appearing to be running out in rugby league, the two-time Roosters premiership winner seems to have turned his attentions elsewhere.

Mitchell has been linked with a host of clubs after the Roosters withdrew their two-year, $1.6 million offer to the star.

The Wests Tigers on Thursday became the latest club to end their pursuit of the representative centre, leaving perennial strugglers the Gold Coast Titans as seemingly Mitchell's last resort in the NRL.

However, the Sydney Morning Herald is now reporting that the 22-year-old is considering a sensational cross-code switch to rugby union.

It says an approach was made by representatives of Mitchell to gauge Rugby Australia's interest in the centre.

NRL great Timana Tahu said in May that Mitchell's signing would be a massive coup for Australian rugby.

Latrell Mitchell's future has dominated headlines in the NRL off-season. Pic: Getty

“For the next high-profile player that they wanna look at, throw big money at, I’d be looking at Latrell,” Tahu wrote.

“It'd be a massive loss for rugby league, but for rugby union, he'd bring a new audience, new sponsorship and help change the Wallabies.

“It's perfect timing because there are two or three years for him to get his game knowledge up... the next World Cup is in 2023."

However, many rugby league fans are less than impressed with the idea of Mitchell making the switch to rugby.

Mitchell's link to union comes despite Gold Coast claiming he's interested in a Titans move "to continue his growth as a player and person".

Mitchell is still contracted to the Roosters in 2020 but it has become abundantly clear that he is no longer in the club's plans.

If Mitchell can't ink a deal he faces the prospect of playing in the Roosters' reserves next year after falling out with coach Trent Robinson with one season left on his contract.

Titans confident of luring star to Gold Coast

However, the Titans sounded confident they could tempt Mitchell after organising for the NSW centre to tour their facilities next week where they are expected to use their trump cards - Mal Meninga and Justin Holbrook.

Latrell Mitchell has been strongly linked to the Titans. Pic: Getty

Titans head of culture and performance Meninga has bonded with Mitchell as Kangaroos coach while new Gold Coast mentor Holbrook got to know the centre during his time as Robinson's assistant at the Roosters.

"The Titans are always interested in attracting quality players to the club and Latrell more than fits that description," a Titans spokesman said.

"Latrell has expressed an interest in moving to the Gold Coast to play for the Titans, to continue his growth as a player and person under the mentorship of Mal and coaching of Justin."

With agencies