SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Angus Crichton of the Rabbitohs celebrates victory during the NRL Semi Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Angus Crichton has revealed Sydney Roosters officials asked him to leave South Sydney with a year to run on his contract.

The star back-rower announced at the end of last year he would join the Roosters on a three-year-deal worth nearly $3 million from 2019.

However, in an interview with Fairfax Media, Crichton confirmed the Roosters wanted to him to leave the Rabbitohs this year so he could line-up for them a year early.

Fortunately for Souths fans, Crichton had no intention of leaving the Redfern club this year.

“I had a contract with Souths and I was going to stick to it, Crichton told Fairfax Media. 

“They wanted me there this year, but I wanted to honour my contract.”

“Just because I had sorted my future early, there was no reason for me to walk away from what I had already agreed to [with Souths].”

“I believe we’ve got the team to win, and I feel we’re more than a team. This year this is the strongest team I’ve been a part of.”

Crichton said the one thing he will miss from the Redfern club is playing with Sam Burgess.

“He’s a massive inspiration and role model for me. He’s a class player and a great bloke,” Crichton said.

“Rather than feel sadness, I want to relish the opportunities I still have left with him.”

Crichton will line-up with Burgess in Saturday night’s Preliminary Final against the Roosters.

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