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Cordner expects Latrell to see out 2020 season

Sydney Roosters skipper Boyd Cordner says he has no issues with Latrell Mitchell being at the club next season despite his teammate's future uncertain beyond next year.

Mitchell has 12 months remaining on his current deal but is unlikely to be at the Tricolours in 2021 after the Roosters withdrew an offer to the star centre in November.

Still on holidays himself after a rigorous season at club, state and international level, Cordner revealed at a two-day NSW camp on Friday he had met with Mitchell during his break.  

"Latrell Mitchell … he's still contracted for another year so I'm guessing he will be playing for us," Cordner said, when asked who will play left centre for the Roosters in 2020.

"I saw him the other day, he's a young kid and I suppose it's been talked a lot because of the stature and him being a superstar of our game.

"I know how much the club means to him and as a teammate and mate I know he loves the Roosters.

"It's hard because the fans want to know and the media wants to know, that's their job, and for him still being a young kid and trying to deal and process all that it's going to be hard.

"I've got no issue with him and all the talk about other clubs. Who wouldn't want Latrell Mitchell?"

Latrell Mitchell and Boyd Cordner in State of Origin I, 2019.
Latrell Mitchell and Boyd Cordner in State of Origin I, 2019. ©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos

Cordner stopped short when asked if he expected Mitchell to remain at the club in 2021 or if he had spoken to him about his contract negotiations.

"I'm not going to comment on that," he said.

"I wanted to catch up with him as a mate, I haven't see him for a while."

Cordner and NSW coach Brad Fittler are looking to catch up with Mitchell when they travel to Taree and offer their support to the bushfire-ravaged area next week.

Mitchell was named in NSW coach Brad Fittler's mammoth 64-man squad to attend the camp at Sydney Olympic Park this week but was an absentee.

Despite the State of Origin series opener being more than six months away, Cordner said the camp was an important part of preparations ahead of a quest for a third straight series win.

"It's a good opportunity to get all grades together and touch on what Freddy has started over the last couple of years," Cordner said.

"[Fittler] knows how much of an impact it has and it's good for the boys who played in the series to see each other again and to do a bit of a review as well.

"It's about learning from the two series but what's next is the most important thing for us."

Manly back-rower Curtis Sironen was among the names for the first time after an impressive 2019 campaign was cut short by a foot injury prior to the finals series.

"Making this is a bit of a reward for hard work and it shows that it is worth it and there's things I want to achieve," Sironen said.

"The guys have got two in a row now and are around my age. There's guys here like Boyd, Wade Graham and Tyson who play in my position and are the best in the world.

"Being around them is only going to help me. It's not just performance wise but character, they want good people."

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