Comparisons with Greg Inglis are nothing new for Sydney Roosters flyer Latrell Mitchell.
But when they come from Inglis’ best mate Darius Boyd, that is something else.
The “next Greg Inglis” hype began from the outset for Mitchell after he burst onto the NRL scene this season.
However, Mitchell has perhaps received the ultimate compliment from Test and Brisbane fullback Boyd ahead of Thursday night’s NRL clash with the Roosters in Sydney.
Boyd admits he can see Mitchell’s similarities with his Queensland teammate and close friend Inglis, putting the battling Broncos on high alert.
“He’s a superstar of the future,” Boyd said.
“He’s already done some crazy things that 18-year-olds probably shouldn’t be able to do.
“In the years to come he will play a lot of rep footy.
“He’s got that GI look about him.
“He’s got special skills for a big guy.”
Sixth-placed Brisbane need to end a run of six losses in eight games to stay in sight of the top four.
Boyd said that would be easier said than done against the second-last Roosters, despite their lowly ladder position.
He was concerned the Roosters had shown glimpses of their best before being rolled 26-10 by front runners Melbourne last round.
“They have had an up and down season but they have played a lot better the last few weeks – they’ve got some dangerous players,” Boyd said.
Brisbane captain Corey Parker also believed the Roosters’ ladder position was deceiving.
“I think they are still a very good football side although their win-loss record may not say that,” he said.
Parker was more worried about Brisbane’s fortunes, especially after losing Test forwards Sam Thaiday and Josh McGuire to suspension this week.
“Spirit has never been an issue here,” Parker said.
“We do have the belief to turn it around.
“Now we have to provide the actions.
“We can talk about it all we want but we need to go out there and do it.”