SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Angus Crichton of the Rabbitohs looks on during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Sydney Roosters forward Angus Crichton has admitted he has the 2023 World Cup in his sights.

“Yeah of course (it’s something I’m considering),” Crichton told the Hello Sport podcast.

“I’ve signed with the Chooks for 2019/20/21, so obviously you think about these sort of things.

“You never want to sign a 10-year deal cause you never know what the game is going to do, you never know what you’re going to do as a player. What you can achieve elsewhere.”

The former Australian Schoolboys rugby star conceded he probably would have stuck to the 15-a-side game if not for being recruited by former Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire.

“I probably wouldn’t have spoken to league if I had an offer from the Waratahs or an offer from union but the way it’s turned out I’m so happy they didn’t offer me anything cause if they did I’ve got no idea what I’d be doing right now,” he continued.

“I sat down with them and they said, ‘We can’t offer you any full time training’. That’s the thing a lot of people say, ‘Oh he left union to get money’, when that’s just complete trash.

“My first contract in league was $15k. That’s not really big money for a kid to leave school, union are throwing three times that at kids these days.

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“So I sat down with them (Rugby Australia) and they said to me, ‘We can really see you playing first grade until you’re around 23. I’m 22.

“So they said ‘come and train with our under 20s’ and that was like three times during the week in the afternoons or something. Then I sat down with the Souths coach, Michael Maguire, and he said, ‘We’ll offer you a year of under 20s where you’re training full time everyday with the first-grade squad and then a year full-time where you’re in our top 25 players’. That was just an easy decision for me.”

The 22-year old said he will honour his contract with Sydney before making a call on his next, contrarily to a trend developing in the modern game.

“I’m happy that I stuck by my contract cause as you have seen in sport these days especially in rugby league contracts don’t mean a whole heap. I guess I’m just sort of happy in myself that I stuck true,” he said.

Crichton added that he spoke to Souths owner Russel Crowe face to face to tell him he was departing the club to join the arch-rivals.

“He knew I was coming but I think he thought I was going up there to just catch up for a dinner or something,” he said.

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“He’s a really good dude. I couldn’t say a bad word about him and the way that he took the news and the way he reacted was very professional and a testament to him.

“I was absolutely shitting myself. I’ve seen him do some stuff before which I won’t repeat but I was just like, ‘I don’t know how he could take this. I don’t know how he could react’.

“But I’m happy with the way I did it, like I said sticking to my contract and going up there and telling them face to face, and making sure that I told them, and the first time they heard it was from me.

“That’s just how I wanted to go about things so I’m happy with how it turned out.”

29 COMMENTS

  1. Souths are idiots for not throwing the money he wanted at him and their idiots for doing the same thing to Seibold and Cook. More dark days ahead unless our admin pull their heads in

    • Have you been high diving head first at the shallow end of the pool “mini-sstid”?

      Crichton’s primary reason for not re-signing with Souths was because he made an emotional decision because Madge was axed. A decision he later “reportedly” came to regret. The Roosters “reportedly” paid him $200K more a season than Souths to be fair but he said at the time he signed it was about more than the money.

      Crichton was worried that under a rookie coach Souths would fail to make the top 8 and his chances of making the NSW origin team would be materially damaged. By the time he realised that his concerns were misplaced it was too late, the chooks had already slamned the chook pen door shut and locked it.

      As for Seibold, it is now becoming clear that he took the job as Souths head coach already with an eye on the Broncos coaching role as evidenced by the fact he was “reportedly” in secret negotiations with the Broncos in April and a secret agreement had been reached by round 10 in May.

      My guess is that Madge’s axing caught Seibold by surprise as he had only planned on being an assistant coach at the Rabbitohs while he bided his time waiting for his opportunity at Red Hill. In any event, it appears that (at least in Seibold’s mind) his long-term plans where already decided before he had even accepted the role as head coach at Souths. Money, it seems, played no part in his decsion which was all about getting his family back to Brisbane.

      I don’t know what the story is with Damien Cook or what reason he would have, if any, for not wanting to re-sign with Souths IF that is in fact the case. Apparently his new wife has a secure and prestigious position in Randwick so either the Rabbitohs or the Roosters would seem the most suitable choice.

      I still hold out hope that our Cook stays in the Bunnies kitchen and will feed the Rabbitohs engine room for years to come.

      • Less isn’t more but sometimes more can be too much! 😂😂😂

        Worth every word though if “less is more” fans blow a fuse! 😡🤬💥🤪

      • Hence the “mini-sstid” moniker penso. SSTID-1970 would no doubt say “mini-me, you don’t complete me”.

  2. Well Angus I just want to tell you key board 💻 to eye ball 👁, If you train hard, play great then a Premiership 🏆 and an Australian jersey is yours and a Rugby League World Cup. Then the crowd less, going down the gurgler fast rugby union ambitions will no longer exist. Angus Rugby Union in this country has totally collapsed. In the international arena Australia are pathetic and are beating no one playing like armatures. Stick to the professional game. 😎

    • And stop posing in that horrible jersey Cardinal, Myrtle and Dark Black🐇👇 Looks like Souffths have done a Penrith and added a new colour to their jumpers😀🤣🤣😁🤣😀😆😂😂

      • “Dark black” and “light white”… you ARE special Woody. No denying that. Didn’t that once represent the Western Suburbs Magpies? Hey, LidcombeOval? Oh, those were the days. The Fibros vs the Silvertails and didn’t the feathers fly! Before the “Nanny state” took over RL and jellyfish began to run the NRL.

        I was there at Lidcombe Oval in 1976 when the Rabbitohs as rank outsiders upset premiership frontrunners Wests in the game where George Piggins ran through half a dozen of the Magpies biggest and best including John “Dallas” Donnelly and Bruce Gibbs!

        Mate, they were built in “the classic” RL footballer mould just like Arthur Beetson and Bob “Bear” O’Reilly. Only Big George Rose has approached that pinnacle of the classic retro footy front row forward. I miss you big George. What an athlete! 😂

  3. He’s the outside centre we’ve been crying out for since Mortlock retired. Will be sad to see him leave league but if it’s too my Tahs and to play for the Wallabies I can’t complain.

    • What type of slow armature boring game is rugby union when they have to purchase second rowers from professional league to play as so called 🤣🤣😁😁😀😆😂😂😆😀 speedy centres in the three quarter back line. What a dumb game.👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎👎

      • I think we got the idea after 3 thumbs down mate! I think we need to restrict your thumbs up/thumbs down emojis to just the 3 Woody.

        OK, 3thumbs? 😂😂😂

      • Why are you dishing out on rugby when they’re streets ahead of ours? AFL is in 3018 while we are here!!! In super rugby, when did you ever hear about players walking out on clubs a year to go on their contract to up and leave to another sport? requesting a release, two years into a four or five year deal? Coaches signing to another club with one or two years to go on their current contract with their current club? Nothing, but the wallabies are a joke right? Rugby Unions international game is what league wishes it could be. But you probably don’t care about all that, just your salary cap cheating club pulling money out of their A** ..

        • Agreed. Whilst I don’t watch the game anymore, to suggest Rugby is amateur as opposed to a “professional” rugby league is ridiculous. Rugby is still light years ahead of league. Whilst the Super Rugby comp might not be as good as it once was, the game itself is very strong and played in a lot more countries than our game.

        • You two 🤡🤡 clowns better get on your high horse and trot off to the garbage game of Union. If its so fantastic why is the Sydney competition not even promoted. Is it even televised anymore😂🤣🤣😂😂😁😆😀😂🤣🤣When the top sides play each other 3000 fans is a big crowd for their useless game.

          So they had to make up a competition and call it the Super Rugby to try and save the game that goes for half a season and make up the numbers from other countries so it can be competitive. And still all the Australian sides are useless and cannot match those from the other countries.

          Then finally when they play international tests Australia is so far behind the rest of the World its not funny. The Amature game is going broke and they cant even attract decent crowds in Super Rugby comp.

          They claim 10 or 15 years ago that they went profesinal. But everybody knows it miles behind Rugby League and one word somes up Rugby Union in Australia. AMATURE❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗👎

        • eels47 I’m back, now too the chopper

          You two clowns better get on your high horse and trot off to the garbage game of Union. If its so fantastic why is the Sydney competition not even promoted. Is it even televised anymoreWhen the top sides play each other 3000 fans is a big crowd for their useless game.
          So they had to make up a competition and call it the Super Rugby to try and save the game that goes for half a season and make up the numbers from other countries so it can be competitive. And still all the Australian sides are useless and cannot match those from the other countries.
          Then finally when they play international tests Australia is so far behind the rest of the World its not funny. The Amature game is going broke and they cant even attract decent crowds in Super Rugby comp.
          They claim 10 or 15 years ago that they went profesinal. But everybody knows it miles behind Rugby League and one word somes up Rugby Union in Australia. AMATURE

          How’s that.

      • I think it was just an innocent slip of the tongue, as opposed to accidenty letting the cat out of the bag.
        That said, and just to be on the safe side, you could get the Bunnies and Broncos to arrange an immediate swap with McCullough, which will ensure Cook remains for 2019, and probably for life.

        • Swapping Cook for McCullough would be like swapping the Ferrari 812 Superfast for the Flintstone Mobile. You must have a very $adistic side to your nature mighty to even suggest it. At the very least he won’t be going to the Broncos as pedro has confirmed via a text from Cook’s brother.

          Pffft, Cook for McCullough… really? That would be like swapping Craig Bellamy for Brad Arthur which makes no sense unless you want to build a wooden boat! 😂😂😂😂

        • And yet I was actually being nice.
          You’d get a full season, at least, if your club actually tried to swap him.
          But have it your way, get Rusty to give him a pep talk instead.

        • Like the pep talk Rusty gave Luke Keary? I don’t Rusty will ever Crow like that again. Cook is too important and Rusty knows better now. Just the same, I would love to be a fly on the wall if ever Rusty and Papa Smurf have a strong difference of opinion. I wonder if there is anything embarrassing about Bennett in Rusty’s “Book of Feuds”? He might want to liquid paper that out before Souths play the Broncos just in case.

  4. I don’t understand why, when the NRL has to register the contracts of all players, that they can’t place a clause in there forbidding contracted players openly discussing potential switches to codes they are in competition with. I know you can’t place a restraint on trade and if he wants to go, then good luck to him- but the incessant publicity from NRL players considering switches is hardly a good promotion for the code and benefits only player managers attempting to jump up prices.

  5. This guy is beginning to turn into soap opera…
    PS GET OUR COLOURS OFF YR BACK – U R NOT WORTHY !!!!

      • So, you want to play like that hey mighty? OK… Well for all his faults Bennett only uses metal spoons as he is afraid of splinters (like Gutherson) so he has NEVER touched a wooden spoon! So if you want to build a wooden boat Bennett won’t be of any use but Brad Arthur could build a flotilla of wooden boats and he isn’t scared of getting splinters. He has a few already.

        Now, I’ll wait 3 hours for you to get it… and another 3 hours for a response. 😂😂😂

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