From Rabbitoh to Rooster? Angus Crichton to leave South Sydney

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    Angus Crichton has confirmed that he’ll be leaving the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the end of the 2018 season, with speculation rampant that he will sign with the Sydney Roosters.

    The Sydney Morning Herald has reported the Crichton is certain to sign a three-year deal with the Roosters, and are reporting that the deal “is rumoured to be close to $1 million a year.”

    Crichton will stay with South Sydney for the 2018 season and serve out the remaining year of his contract, but has rejected what was reportedly a four-year deal offered to him by the Rabbitohs, albeit less lucrative.

    South Sydney released the following statement on Monday:

    “Angus Crichton has informed the South Sydney Rabbitohs that 2018 will be his final season with the Club, having committed to a contract with another NRL club for 2019 and beyond.

    “The Rabbitohs made a strong three-year offer to Crichton for his services beyond 2018 however he has chosen to take up a more lucrative offer elsewhere. Crichton will be remaining with the Rabbitohs for the 2018 season.

    “Crichton has played 30 NRL matches to date, scoring eight tries since making his debut in 2016.

    “The Rabbitohs look forward to the 2018 season with Angus and wish him the best for the future beyond the end of next season.”

    More to come.

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    • December 18th 2017 @ 1:03pm
      Jock Cornet said | December 18th 2017 @ 1:03pm | ! Report

      Great buy, roosters great chance to win the premiership whilst the Pearce knights get the spoon

    • December 18th 2017 @ 1:05pm
      Lefty said | December 18th 2017 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

      Looks like the North Sydney Bears have got themselves a classy player for the 2018 season.

      It will give the Rabbitoh’s a chance to play someone who wants to be at the club and sees a future with them.

      Seems like the Roosters are one of these “special” clubs that the NRL has with “special” salary caps.

      The level playing field is only level for some.

      Is it any wonder that people have given up on thos once proud game.

      • December 18th 2017 @ 2:31pm
        Chui said | December 18th 2017 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

        The salary cap at some clubs is more of a ten gallon hat or a sombrero

    • December 18th 2017 @ 1:06pm
      Diplomatt said | December 18th 2017 @ 1:06pm | ! Report

      Getting ridiculous now. Why is Manly getting crucified but the Roosters are clean. I call BS. Gee the salary cap works well. What an even comp we have.

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        December 21st 2017 @ 1:30pm
        steve b said | December 21st 2017 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

        Yes i think many fans feel the same the chooks just seem to have no touble in signing who they want and the top of the heap as well are the men or man at the top smarter than the NRL ?

    • December 18th 2017 @ 1:11pm
      Granter said | December 18th 2017 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

      Tedesco, Cronk, Crichton. How can they be under the cap? Oh that’s right Pearce was on $1m a year and Mick Gordon was on $700k. Fittler retired too…

      • December 18th 2017 @ 1:29pm
        Billy said | December 18th 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

        SKD, Guera, Evans, Watson, Carter. You don’t need me to tell you that, you choose to forget.

        It isn’t like Crichton is a rep player He will be lucky to be a rep player by 2020, so he isn’t a huge burden on anyone’s cap.

        Or maybe he just looked around at how over paid many other Rabbitohs players are and (rightly) thought he should be paid more than them

        • December 18th 2017 @ 1:40pm
          Diplomatt said | December 18th 2017 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

          Carter couldn’t have been on much. He was supplementing his income. I agree though the Scots mercenary will fit in well at the Rorters.

        • December 18th 2017 @ 1:53pm
          Graham said | December 18th 2017 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

          2018 Losses: Paul Carter (released), Kane Evans (Parramatta Eels), Michael Gordon (Gold Coast Titans), Aidan Guerra (Newcastle Knights), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Newcastle Knights), Liam Knight (Canberra Raiders), Mitchell Pearce (Newcastle Knights), Connor Watson (Newcastle Knights)

          Plus Hastings and Copley come off the books as of 2018 and Nikorima has just been moved on too.

          So that’s 11 players out ($3M+ worth) and 4 in (maybe $2.5M worth): Cooper Cronk, Dean Matterson, Reece Robinson, James Tedesco

          If Crichton comes (not yet confirmed), it’s not until 2019.

          • December 19th 2017 @ 7:23am
            Peeko said | December 19th 2017 @ 7:23am | ! Report

            Liam knight was on big dollars

            • Roar Rookie

              December 19th 2017 @ 9:05am
              Hard Yards said | December 19th 2017 @ 9:05am | ! Report

              He was also an Aerogard Enthusiast who played one game at the Sea Eagles in 2016. They moved him on.

          • December 19th 2017 @ 8:22am
            concerned supporter said | December 19th 2017 @ 8:22am | ! Report

            Nice summary of events, Graham.
            Reece Robinson ???
            Watched him last year at the Waratahs and then Randwick, he was very ordinary for both.When he was carrying the ball and faced with being tackled, the majority of times he would kick the ball ahead.When I was young,some players who had a tendency to kick to avoid tacklers were nicknamed “Better Brakes”
            He must have had some blinders for Lebanon in the recent World Cup.
            Connor Watson (player of the Auckland 10’s) v Reece Robinson ??
            I know what player I prefer.

          • December 19th 2017 @ 1:47pm
            Roy said | December 19th 2017 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

            Don’t let the truth get in the way.

      • December 18th 2017 @ 3:59pm
        Rainman said | December 18th 2017 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

        Off books at end of last year:
        SKD, Guerra, Evans, Watson, Carter, Nikorima, Pearce, Gordon, Liam Knight, Dale Copley (part payment), Jackson Hastings (part payment) + several reserve/20s players
        (heading towards $4M p.a.)

        On books at start of coming year:
        Teddy, Cronk, Reese Robinson, reserve grader Dean Matterson
        (heading towards $2.5M p.a)

        On books next 2019:
        Crichton

        Never let the facts ………… !!!

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          December 18th 2017 @ 8:11pm
          Davico said | December 18th 2017 @ 8:11pm | ! Report

          Love to know how you have been under the cap the last 3 years if your (unders) values of those player are right and you have signed and re-signed players

          • December 18th 2017 @ 11:04pm
            Rainman said | December 18th 2017 @ 11:04pm | ! Report

            Point I’m making is: 11 payments dropped *does* cover 2 super guns + 2 fringe players, every day of the week

            Fair to quibble the figures I’ve given. I might have overestimated, by considering the new contracts being signed (e.g. $1M for Pearce new contract – but was significantly less at Chooks, about $750K). 2.5Mil cap increase has changed the scene quite a bit -. see Ben Hunt.

            Maybe say the outgoing players in lower $3M range in *2017* contract dollars. Then incoming players about $2.5M in *2018* dollars. Then remember cap increases this year by a whopping $2.5M.. Same for all teams.

            • December 19th 2017 @ 1:29am
              souvalis said | December 19th 2017 @ 1:29am | ! Report

              Where have you factored in the upgrades ? Keary now on $2.2 mill..Friend upped at the same time..Lui last week..Tupou at the end of the season..Mitchell sniffing around for a well deserved increment..Napa on $700k..Cordner,as the Australian captain in waiting..well,Cherry’s on $10 mill..needs ‘19 to be finalized ASAP …or Newcastle will take him as well…

              • December 19th 2017 @ 12:54pm
                Rainman said | December 19th 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

                All teams with good cap management have upgraded across roster by roughly the same amount – which should be about 2M, so not a distinguishing factor. Souths have been paying large ‘overs’ on a few top players (e.g. the most expensive fullback & prop/lock). They let bargains like Nathan Brown & Luke Keary go. So then crippled when players enter the market.

                Pearce + Watson cost more than Cronk.

                Gordon + SKD + Hastings (part payment) cost more than Tedesco.

                Nikorima and Copley (part payment) cost more than Robinson & Dean Matterson.

                Don’t forget, chooks had two players in Kangaroos (Cordner + Cronk), so far from the clear top roster – check what Storm had. Heck, Bunnies had a three in WC final. Consider Thurston + Morgan + Taumololo + Coote. Could go on with other teams

                Leaves good change from: Guerra, Evans, Carter, Liam Knight + 2.5M increase – contract upgrades

                These aren’t contentious calls – they’re pretty obvious

        • December 19th 2017 @ 7:24am
          Peeko said | December 19th 2017 @ 7:24am | ! Report

          Yeah facts like you need to replace those players. The players coming in are worth s lot more than those leaving

    • December 18th 2017 @ 1:25pm
      Jock Cornet said | December 18th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

      It’s called the famous Politis brown envelope.

    • December 18th 2017 @ 1:29pm
      Garth Lambourn said | December 18th 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

      Anything Politis is involved in is questionable. Manly crucified with cap breach of $400k over 5 years yet somehow the Roosters can afford everyone. Someone’s pockets are getting lined here somewhere. This is where we COULD have a Royal Commission. Where’s Tooves?

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