Crichton filled in for Cordner at club and Origin level. Like his skipper, he has no plans to leave the glamour club any time soon.
The 25-year-old former rugby prodigy is so happy at the Roosters he knows his blind and often public love for them could cost him extra dollars elsewhere – but he does not care.
“I want to stay, it’s such a great club,” said Crichton, who remains unsigned beyond this year.
“The people, the club itself, the area, the coaches, the players, the fans; it’s my childhood team I grew up supporting. I respect the way the club goes about its business. The club is built on hard work and it’s a place I’d like to stay. I’d like to sort it out soon, but I know these things can take time.”
Crichton spent a couple of games in the middle last year, and the return of Victor Radley from a serious knee injury will add plenty of grunt to the pack. A shoulder injury and fresh start at the Roosters always meant Crichton would take time to find his feet in 2019 but he improved with every game last year.
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