Latrell Mitchell will not return to training with Sydney Roosters after his club announced that he has been granted a leave of absence.

Mitchell had been due to link up with his Roosters team-mates on Monday following the close-season break, and amid speculation linking him with a move away from the club at the end of next season.

The player and the club had been unable to come to terms on a deal beyond 2020.

And in a statement issued on Sunday evening down under, the Roosters appear to have paved the way for Mitchell’s immediate exit: “Sydney Roosters player Latrell Mitchell has been granted a leave of absence, excusing him from all training commitments.”

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Mitchell has been linked with the Wests Tigers, Canterbury, North Queensland, Gold Coast and South Sydney, and reports in Australia suggest that the Rabbitohs is his most likely destination.