Latrell Mitchell announced his departure from Sydney Roosters ahead of a rumoured switch to NRL rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Mitchell confirmed his exit in an Instagram post on Friday, with the New South Wales and Australia star reportedly poised to join the Rabbitohs for the 2020 season.

The Roosters withdrew a new contract offer to Mitchell – whose existing deal covers the upcoming season – in November, while the NRL champions on Sunday granted the centre a leave of absence ahead of their return to pre-season training.

Mitchell played 96 NRL games and won back-to-back premierships with the Roosters in 2018 and 2019 after debuting in 2016.

Firstly I want to thank @sydneyroosters for everything they have done for me an my family. I can not describe the way I feel right now but just wanted to let everyone know involved in my career through my stint here, I am so very grateful for you all. To the fans, thanks you ! Wouldn’t be a game without you. Humbled to be able to play with such a rich history club didn’t think as a Country boy I’d be able to transition to the city but roosters made that possible. To the boys !! I love yas. Playing along side of you all was something I’ll hold close to my heart. Nothing has been made official as of yet. But my stay at the roosters has come to an end. On to the next chapter where ever that may be.

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“Firstly I want to thank @sydneyroosters for everything they have done for me and my family,” the 22-year-old wrote. “I cannot describe the way I feel right now but just wanted to let everyone know involved in my career through my stint here, I am so very grateful for you all.

“To the fans, thanks you! Wouldn’t be a game without you. Humbled to be able to play with such a rich history club didn’t think as a country boy I’d be able to transition to the city but Roosters made that possible.

“To the boys!! I love yas. Playing alongside of you all was something I’ll hold close to my heart.

“Nothing has been made official as of yet. But my stay at the Roosters has come to an end. On to the next chapter where ever that may be [heart emojis].”