Willie Mason tackles critics ahead of Latrell clash

Mitchell has two former stars backing him for a Blues recall. Picture: NRL Imagery

LeagueNews.co | Jess Malloy

Former Canterbury Bulldogs and New South Wales great, Willie Mason, has boldly dismissed rumors surrounding Latrell Mitchell's potential State of Origin selection for game two.

Speaking on NRL 360, the outspoken Mason declared Mitchell as "the best left center in the world" and advocated for his inclusion in the Blues lineup.

Despite being overlooked by Blues coach Michael Maguire for game one, Mitchell now finds himself in contention for game two following Joseph Suaalii's suspension and Kotoni Staggs' injury.

Mason, who earned 13 caps for NSW during his career, didn't mince words when asked by NRL legend Gorden Tallis about who should fill Suaalii's spot at left center, immediately endorsing Mitchell.

"He just puts the fear of God into opposing teams," Mason remarked.

"He brings that X-factor that can change the game.

I understand why he wasn't considered for game one given the off-field distractions."

As the Origin speculation heats up, Mason's endorsement of Mitchell adds fuel to the fire as fans eagerly await the final team selection for game two.

With Mitchell's undeniable talent and game-changing abilities, could he be the missing piece in the Blues' quest for victory? Only time will tell.

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