Crichton’s touch of class after signing with rival
THE Roosters have won the battle for Angus Crichton.
After months of speculation and several clubs chasing his signature including Cronulla, Foxsports.com.au can reveal Crichton has signed a three-year-deal with the Roosters.
The Roosters undoubtedly had the salary cap space to compete aggressively for his signature and on Monday they won that battle.
But first he will see out 2018 with South Sydney.
In a sign of respect for the Rabbitohs, foxsports.com.au can reveal Crichton travelled to Coffs Harbour to break the news to their owner Russell Crowe on Sunday before informing his teammates of his decision.
Ultimately Crichton's decision came down to two clubs after ruling the Sharks out of the race.
Having previously been part of the Tricolours system in 2014, the Bondi United junior played with the Roosters SG Ball side alongside Connor Watson, Latrell Mitchell and Joseph Manu.
In his second season in the NRL and playing through hip, foot and finger injuries, Crichton is already earmarked for the NSW State of Origin side.
His name was also thrown around as a bolter for Australia's World Cup squad.
Despite only having 30 first grade games to his name, Crichton was one of the most highly sought after backrowers in the recent memory.
Crichton joins the club as a marquee signing as the Roosters continue an impressive run of list management following the departure of Mitchell Pearce and Michael Gordon.
Jayden Nikorima's contract termination added to the coffers. The club recently extended Isaac Liu and Luke Keary.
It's no secret the Roosters were determined to land Crichton but still have plenty of cash to splash on their roster with their attention now turning to their skipper.
With Jake Friend committed for a further two seasons, the Chooks are now focusing on co-captain Boyd Cordner.
While Cordner and Crichton are both backrowers, the Roosters can accommodate both men.
It's not all doom and gloom for the Rabbitohs either.
They have 15 top grade players off contract next year including Robbie Farah, John Sutton, Tyrell Fuimaono and Braidon Burns.
With the money they'd set aside for Crichton, coupled with the talent off-contract, the Rabbitohs are expected to be very active in the market next year.