'P***es me off': NRL legend savages player agents over 'farce' contracts

Immortal Wally Lewis has slammed NRL player managers, saying there is no longer club loyalty as Latrell Mitchell's contract saga drags on.

The 22-year-old Kangaroos and Sydney Roosters star has been linked to arch-rivals South Sydney in recent days, with a decision about his future reportedly to be made this week.

Lewis says the way players are traded between clubs these days "pisses him off".

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"I'm not a fan of the way players are being traded now, there's no such thing as club loyalty anymore," he told AAP at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic.

"That pisses me off."

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the Roosters have told Mitchell's management they want him off the books by January 1, with the Rabbitohs re-emerging as his possible destination for next year.

However, salary cap space would depend on whether Souths re-sign Cody Walker or lure Gold Coast forward Jai Arrow as a replacement for Sam Burgess.

It's understood there is still a deal available for Mitchell at the Wests Tigers worth more than $1 million per season.

NRL legend Wally Lewis has lashed player agents, saying loyalty is dead in the league and contracts are becoming increasingly meaningless. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

With just two weeks to go until the new year, negotiations look set to drag into 2020 and well into the pre-season.

Lewis concedes the possible exit of Queensland star Arrow would be a huge loss to the Titans, but took aim at the player managers who facilitate moves to chase bigger dollars.

"A lot of players said years ago that player managers were the most despised people in the game," he said.

"A contract is not worth the paper it's written on.

"Why not just say 'you give me the money and I'll come there'?

"You don't need a contract saying 'I'll be here for five years' because you know that's not going to be the case.

"It's a farce."