SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Angus Crichton of the Rabbitohs is sent to the sin bin during the round 21 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

South Sydney Rabbitohs back-rower Angus Crichton has undergone surgery to amputate his finger in a bid to be fit for the start of the 2018 season.

Crichton ruptured a tendon in the middle finger of his left hand and has troubled him ever since.

It’s an injury that’s plagued the 21-year-old since his time in the NRL’s U20’s competition.

Souths general manager Shane Richardson confirmed Crichton’s upcoming surgery on Thursday morning.

“He’s had it partially amputated. He’s had a problem with that finger for three years now so he needed to do something about it,” Richardson told NRL.com.

“He has had four operations and reconstructions on it and made the choice himself, in discussion with the medical team.”

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In an attempt to fast-track his return, the procedure will only take two weeks.

“Another reconstruction would have taken him between eight to 10 weeks to get over. This is going to take two weeks,” he said.

“It just became so frustrating for him that every off-season he had to have a reconstruction, so he opted to partially amputate his finger. He had this option 12 months ago, and he chose not to do it.

“Now he has chosen to go down this path, a decision he made himself.”

Crichton described his dismay in an article written for the playersvoice.com.auย 

“I can’t bend the finger, so it’s like I’m constantly giving people the bird. If I clench my fist, my middle finger sticks out,” Crichton said.

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“The doctor said I could either cut it off halfway or fuse it. I’ve had it fused several times now because I keep breaking it.

“I’ve decided this is the last time I’m getting it fused. It’s the fourth fusion that’s broken and if it happens again I’m going to have it cut it in half, because I’m just over it.”

The news follows Crichton’s decision to depart the Rabbitohs after next season.

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    • That’s right, Souths are going to send Crichton to the Roosters one body part at a time. โ˜๏ธ No one double crosses The Godfather (Russell Crowe). Bahahahahahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • The finger was just an early Christmas present for Uncle Nick. โ˜๏ธ In the end game move Uncle Nick will wake up and find Gus’ head next to him in bed. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    • MW47 laughed has soon as i read that, nice one.

      My opinion on Crichton has changed, I now believe that Souths should play him in first grade in the hope that we make the semi’s and Easts don’t with the view that he may change his mind, never know, but it sounds like his commitment is certainly there but I also can’t help but think that Easts have already planned for him to be there in 2018 and are hoping Souths release him possibly due to player unrest with his decision, wouldn’t put it pass them, you can’t tell me they did not plan on Pearce leaving , they knew he wouldn’t accept that bench role, all they did was insult the intelligence of everyone when they said they did not want him to leave.

      • Gus changing his mind is no longer an option mate, there is n longer a deadline or cooling off period. Yes best Souths play Crichton for as long as possible BEFORE he runs out of body parts! Bahahahahahahahahahahaha

        • It doesn’t matter these days if a player says he regrets signing for a team and wants out they usually get a release cause of the “don’t want a player who doesn’t want to be there” thing so he can always change his mind SSTID

        • Most teams might agree to release a player under those circumstances but not the Roosters. The Roosters are just the type of club that would take it to court and still Crichton in NSW Cup if his form drops (just ask Daniel Tupou). I am now resigned to the fact that he will be covered in feathers in 2019. At least Richo will have a nice memento to remember Crichton by. He can heven lend it to MW47 if he has an itchy butt.

        • IF true, the other fingers are going too before he gets released. Let’s see if he can catch a football between 2 meatballs! Bahahahahahahahahahaha

  1. Well i guess the Norths Sydney coach will be happy.
    He wont miss the pre season.
    Im sorry but Angus should not see fg at south ever again.
    If we had sign Latrell Mitchell with o e yr remaining i can guarantee he would not see fg that yr.
    Cam Fui Sam as our prefered back row
    I wonder if it is the same finger he use to give us supporters the bird.

        • Santa already has my wish list. Top of the list is the Roosters to get caught cheating the cap for the last 6 years, stripped of their 2013 title, made to shed 4 key players and get docked 12 competition points at the start of 2018.

          Number two on the list is for just one Roosters “genuine” supporter on this site to be able to emulate WoodChook and show a bit of intelligence and maturity and be able to make a relevant and worthwhile contribution to this forum AND be able to engage in a bit of good-natured banter as well.

          If that is too much to ask then I will just take number one on my wish list.

      • If true, Angus has tied his last pair of shoelaces! Souths are taking the other fingers as well before we let him go. Bahahahahahahahaha

  2. @ SSTID Rooster “groupies”

    โ€œI canโ€™t bend the finger, so itโ€™s like Iโ€™m constantly giving people the bird. If I clench my fist, my middle finger sticks out,โ€ Crichton said.

    So Crichton really wasn’t giving Souths the finger after all. He told Richo he can keep it as a memento of his short stay at the Rabbits. Lucky then for the Roosters I suppose that his stay hadn’t been longer or by the time the Roosters got him he’d be ‘armless! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I hear Richo is going to mount Gus’ finger on a stick and turn it into a souvenir back scratcher come nose picker. Richo has always been hands on with the boys. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    There you go Pappa Smurf finally an example of a team showing their duty of care to a player and their future team. No minute nasty surprises and mind games. All courtesy of the Rabbitohs “Souths Cares” program. ๐Ÿ‘ or in this case ๐Ÿ–•

    • No last minute nasty surprises… haste makes waste SSTID, haste makes waste. Note to self, “Don’t type so fast the Roosters groupies can barely read in any case and you will only confuse them!” Bahahahahahahahahahahaha

      • Minha piรฑata! So glad you are back I wanted to see what you had inside you and I thought I would miss the opportunity.

        No mate I wasn’t alone in reporting you, there are others here as well who find you equally offensive and I am in touch with more here than you know offline. There are rules of decency to be observed and if you have a pea sized brain or after years of buckets of KFC chicken there is too much cholesterol clogging your arteries and depriving your brain of oxygen to come up with something clever and witty instead of something vulgar and offensive then you need to learn to stay silent or be prepared to sit in the “sin bin”. Remember there are kids who also access this forum and some of the terms and expressions you have used have been disgraceful. Truly you should be ashamed of yourself. Would you should them to any children in YOUR family? For their sake I hope not.

        I will offer you the same challenge as I offered one of my Roosters “groupies” if you have the intellectual capacity and the intestinal fortitude to accept (which I doubt).

        SSTID_1970 December 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm
        Letโ€™s see if you can come up with more than just a basic comment on these other ZT stories. My opinions are already on record. What are yours?

        โ€œJarryd Hayne deniesโ€ฆ assault allegationsโ€
        โ€œClub statement on Jarryd Hayneโ€
        โ€œJarryd Hayne accused ofโ€ฆ while playing NFLโ€

        I am assuming of course you are not just a โ€œbasic blokeโ€ and you have the ability to articulate your thoughts into a cohesive argument?

        Once you warm up on showing what you can bring to the table on the above stories and you are ready to take a step up letโ€™s see what contribution you can make to the discussions on the ZT story โ€œNew NRL officiating structure announcedโ€. Comments are closed but feel free to post your thoughts here and reference them back to the article. I eagerly await to see YOUR contribution or are you just talk?

      • Would you show them…

        Oh, and btw, I will answer on the Brenko Lee story your attempt to picking up on 0.001% of my posts on this site as an example to build a case and put me in the same classes bucket as yourself!

      • Bucket boy here are the rules , banter is welcome , keep your language clean there are young people that use this forum , I know itโ€™s hard especially considering your lack of education but keep your posts clean , no SSTID is no snitch but I will advise you that I can and have contact with the all power ZT Gods , Iโ€™ve done it before il do it again , cage is open , a clean fight ! Bring it on bucket Boy ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        • Stealing my lines bucket boy ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ too much coconut water will affect your bonnet line ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ tell me frustrated one , is it hard watching everyone eat KFC and all your left with are the wings and licking the bucket ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
          Eating colonial sanders wet ones will give you indigestion

    • But seriously my wannabe homies (“groupies”), this all goes to show Crichton’s commitment and present loyalty to the Rabbitohs. Had it been less then he could have opted for the 10 week option and missed the start of the season. I think Crichton is aiming up in 2018 to emulate Sam Burgess in 2014.

      Be prepared, Souths are coming for the Roosters in 2018 with a young, energised and motivated side and a fully fit Inglis champing at the bit to rip in. Once they get on the field the fact that the Roosters have “broken the bank” won’t save them from the punishment they are going to have to endure for 80 mins! Let’s face it except for Napa and Cordner the Roosters forwards are soft! Yes pound for pound Jake Friend is a tough little bugger but there is only so much a garden gnome can do when a rampaging crash of Rhinos are set loose in the middle third.

      • Iโ€™m all for that Mw47 good banter but the unfounded constant Rooster bashing is becoming boring unless someone has actual proof the roosters are cheating the cap then prove it

        • Fair enough. Let’s the banter roll!! Where is Foghorn Leghorn, now THAT boy knows how to pull my leg and he doesn’t need an endless stream of clown emoiji’s to try and get my attention! LOL

        • Come on easts75, ROOSTERS#2013, the other hatchlings… let’s see if you are all capable of a bit of banter without having to sink into the sewer.

        • Don’t talk to me about whipping boys mate. The Rabbitohs have been the NRL’s whipping boys for 42 years prior to them winning the premiership in 2014 and then all the knockers went into hiding. Now the Bunny is out of the hat we aren’t getting back in. We’re back baby! And as for all the “toothless” jokes, the Rabbits only need 2 teeth to gnaw through a chickens gullet!

  3. WOW!!! The poor bloke is losing a part of his body so he can function better in life…& u think its funny to make such comments… WOW!!!

    • I’m pretty sure he got it sewn back on, on with a zipper on the side, like your head! LOL

      Just having fun, ROOSTERS#2013. Let’s have some banter, time to mix it up a bit don’t you think?

    • Me too! Will the Roosters have Cordner, SBW and Israel Folau signed by then do you think? After all we want it to be a fair contest. Bahahahahahahahahahaha

  4. “Do I have to re write and explain the meaning of groupies to you again?”

    Hey, take it up with MW47, it’s his line. Aren’t you all for equal opportunity minha piรฑata? I would have been a “groupie” for the two ABBA girls back in the day had I just been a few years older. I’m not going to be sexist and start differentiating between sexes for this. I will take “groupies” to mean “hangers on”, “obsessed wannabes”, “people who desperately need to be noticed”. The term stands. If MW47 can use it without anyone questioning him I will too. Take it up with the “angry eagle”. He’s feeling peckish and he told me you smell “finger licking good” (an expression that is gaining less meaning for poor young Angus unfortunately).

      • Stop giving the KFC filled piรฑata ideas mate. He has some an over active and twisted imagination as it is. You ARE a bloke right KE FE? Or are you a woman? Be straight now, unless you aren’t straight in which case no judgement promise.

    • I should have realised it would be too much for a pea brain to assimilate.

      “I do not want any part of what you 2 love birds get up to โ€œofflineโ€”

      Oh but I think you do. You seem OBSESSED with it. It is all you talk about. Sorry to kill your sick little fantasies though mate but the “angry eagle” and I have wives who love us and families that care about us so your pathetic attempts to provoke a reaction have been in vain. I would have thought that the morality police would already be blasting you now for the umpteenth homophobic slur but sadly no one seems to notice or care about anything you have to say. Laugh that off Hardy Har Har.

      • Just remember who started this. You wanted to come in swinging without provocation. Don’t cry now and keep swinging, back off and I will let it rest. It’s up to you, I can keep this up all holidays!

  5. “And here you are blasting me you horrible, horrible man.”

    So honestly, are you a woman, because you come across as one.

    “Yet you still responded hahaha…”

    Of course! You are my Christmas piรฑata and I am going to keep swinging until I get all the KFC locked away in your insides!

    • Your sick , you need help , what kind of woman drops the c bomb , your intel if thatโ€™s what you could call it is so dehydrated coconut juice couldnโ€™t bring it to life , go dig a hole and cook yourself a hungie

    • Tells us , your handle whatโ€™s it translate to in Samoan? You see your handle is you summed up , you cautioned everybody with this single handedly, by using it you disrespect your culture, people , and the youth of your community, your no reflection of the many Samoan people who contribute positively to the Australian community

      • @ MW47

        Some nerve. They come out of nowhere and launch an unprovoked attack and just keep swinging without any previous history of bad blood. Then they repost your words as a threat to me and challenge me to back up my talk physically and act like they have testรญculos then when I have them on the ropes they start to cry and play the “get out of jail free gender card”.

        Like you said WHAT sort of woman drops the c-bomb, has a profile name which translates to Get F@#$ed, makes homophobic jokes and issues a physical challenge? Then when they get called on it they start to cry and they play the gender card. What a disgrace. I’m done with them. I will take that as a cage match tap out submission. Still undefeated. Still champ. ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿ†

      • @SSTID: Seeing as you have a history of blaming me for so many “attacks” on you when I haven’t even posted (I’d like to remind you in the meantime that these “attacks” are words on an online page & no-one if forcing you to read them, let alone acknowledge them), I again would like to express that I accept no responsibility for anybody else’s posts but my own.

        YOU are the ONLY reader here who has raised the “gender card.” No-one else did that. Seriously, what year is it now? The “c word” is somehow acceptable from a male? Who cares who uses it? It’s ugly full stop. Not that this particular reader has responded to your ongoing questions about his/ her sex…as you posed to me many moons ago. I do remember you also questioning my sexuality too, with some reference to notable transexuals of days of old from the Kings Cross circuit. Classy.

        These readers are very obviously winding you up about your relationship with your “very good mate” – as you have told us all here many many times. The suggestion, or even wrongful accusation, isn’t homophobic. Someone who is innocent of such an accusation and has no fear of homosexuality, as the term itself means, would simply brush it off as a wrongful accusation of a non-existant relationship. You fell into a trap there big-time, SSTID. You are way too quick blame others for “playing the gender card” when you have your suspicions and your understanding of the term, homophobia, needs some work.

        I didn’t appreciate your earlier derogatory reference to me as the ‘morality police,’ btw. Seeing as you see morality as some big joke, I felt compelled to eventually reply.

    • So tell us whatโ€™s your handle translation? Why do you choose it ? Itโ€™s obviously a broad statement so why are you here if thatโ€™s what your saying to everyone here ?

      • So whatโ€™s your handle translation in Samoan ? Why do you show disrespect to the participants on this forum ? Why are you insulting there intelligence?

      • You’ve already educated us all here of the meaning of the term. If you think this person has actively insulted their own culture with this username, what about your own repeated references to gorging on KFC, hangis, jungles & coconuts?

        You don’t think that’s just a tad disrespectful? Gee, I’m even tempted to use the “R-word” !

      • Islanders like KFC , Irish like beer , Greeks like olives , Aussies like blue singlets , your a bitter twisted human who has nothing to say about Rugby League , P.O.

      • Go k3f3 yourself , choke on the fried chicken you dirty mole rat ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚, now we all know why your so intelligent, itโ€™s your genes

    • MW47, who’s daniel? If you are referring to danielle the relationship is strictly platonic. We sit and read Plato and Shakespeare from midnight until dawn and occasionally discuss a few RL issues to keep things fresh. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • No MW47 that is just what passes for subtle with the “angry eagle”. When he speaks behind his hand about people he does it from the wrong side! No, happily married with 3 kids so to disappoint your twisted little Glen Close “Fatal Attraction” fantasies. Try your luck with the “angry eagle” he thinks you smell finger licking good!

      • No danielle, that was an impostor. I never discussed Islanders or their eating habits. I think someone has hacked my profile. MW47 said the same thing just happened to him (just like holmsey a little while back). Don’t go towards the dark danielle, stay in the light. I was just trying to defuse yet another awkward mess left in “angry eagles” cage.

      • @SSTID: That utterly stupid didn’t come from your account. It wasn’t my intention to suggest that it had…I was drawing on the comments of another. I apologise that it may have appeared differently to you at the time of your reading and responding.

      • Having said that, your suspicions are absolutely WRONG. You don’t believe me because that’s an easier option for you. Whatever. I really don’t care.

      • I know you won’t believe me but this readerr and I have no association whatsoever. However, I must confess that I found some consolation that I am not alone in my general objections which pop us so frequently on this website (recent Hayne articles included). Like I said, believe what you want; it really doesn’t matter.

        Back to your post: you don’t understand where I am coming from at all. I don’t like that the supreme insult of all is a reference to a female reproductive organ. I don’t care who says it.

      • & you know full well his account wasn’t hacked – he didn’t even use that word. You can’t rescue every time, SSTID.

  6. Are you replying to yourself AGAIN? Makes it awfully difficult for the rest of us to follow….but we are somewhat used to it by now.

      • I cloned your “handle”? How did I achieve that???? What “space”?

        Are you about to blame all your stupid posts on an imposter? Who happens to be me?

        Ok, yeah, It’s me. They are AAALLLLL ME!!!! [prerecorded evil laugh continues to scene fade-out] – SSTID loves that stuff.

  7. I knew you were a Victorian , the weather has affected your brain , yes you did manipulate my handle , maybe Holmsey was right , fake blonds do nothing for me

    • This is just getting sillier by the second. Have to laugh.

      Who is Victorian? Some “fake blonde?” I must’ve missed something.

    • &, if I were a woman prone to vulgarity, as you are a man of such qualities – demonstrated again & again on this website – I’d respond that I have no inclination whatsoever to “manipulate” your “handle.”

      Seriously, if you are going to play that gob-smackingly stupid card to escape your responsibility for such deplorable prejudiced remarks about “Islanders,” you’d use the term, hack, not “manipulate.”

      Take responsibility for your own words, which you choose to publish in a publish forum. & grow the hell up!

      • No, you played that card, SSTID. & who attacked your family?

        Incidentally, a “wide birth” and a “wide berth” are two very different things.

      • No danielle that was for you and you couldn’t help yourself. And now I take make my Shakespeare quote in the above post. The Capulet and Montagues, like oil and water, will never mix. And no, “your a horrible, horrible man” in trembling voice like I am going to cry and call “this man is abusing me…”. She played that card, she tapped out. Cage match over. No re-matches.

      • I do recognise the words & am all too familiar with the literary work to which you refer, but that is an absolute stretch of anyone’s imagination to suggest he/ she was using his/ her sex as a means to his/ her sex-based victimisation in this context.

        The only thing this reader has given you in support your belief that he/ she is female is that he/ she hasn’t denied that that’s a possibility. A man, of course, would rightly deny such an allegation, which you put forward as an accusation. Pretty sad presumption on your part, wouldn’t you say?

        &, no it’s me but whatever…

  8. Gee, have I been silenced? Tried to post this a number of times but it just doesn’t appear to transmit….hmmm… perhaps i should deliver it bit by bit…..

    Ok, fair enough, Yeah, I would’ve hammered you had you written that. Fair point. But this reader has said so much of what I have been thinking for so long. That’s the honest truth. I wouldn’t bother changing using names or asking someone to go at you at my behest. Go hard at readers who post, that’s fine. It makes this place all the more dynamic and fun to read. But, do you remember when I called you the “Superhero of ZT” and you called me up on that? You asked what had changed in MY attitude? Nothing had changed: it wasn’t intended as a compliment in the first place.

  9. Looks like a technological error so I’ll stop with my conspiracy theories…I’m finding myself TRYING replying to myself bit by bit – my apologies to ‘silvertail’ whom I previously accused of doing the same thing

    @SSTID….continued. My apologies for the confusion. This was SUPPOSED to be delivered after a question you posed to me but I was unable to post, initially.. I may as well finish here:

    Do yourself a favour, SSTID, and express yourself once or twice on articles involving teams you hate and you wouldn’t make yourself such a target for ridicule/ online aggression. For the record, I agree with you on most of your points and share your disdain but you can’t and SHOULDN’T try to drive others away with your relentless hammering away at their teams. They love their teams like we do ours. FULL STOP. You can’t try to undo that & nor should you…no matter what “evidence” you think you have to prove that they should.

  10. Itโ€™s disappointing that this sites security can be compromised, how anyone can take ones ID , handle is concerning, what other private info are they privy to , quite disgusting a breach of privacy , poor standard ZT

  11. Thereโ€™s more brains in a coconut , your a very accurate example , perfect actually, you sum things up better than anyone poss could , itโ€™s your DNA , your history which is void of achievement donโ€™t blame yourself your nothing irrelevant the rising sea will one day consume you and you will be banished to the back pages of fish n chips paper ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ how poor shallow and pathetic

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