Angus Crichton has finger amputated to get ready for 2018 season

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    South Sydney star Angus Crichton has had his finger amputated to ensure he’s ready for the 2018 NRL season.

    Crichton’s manager David Rawlings confirmed the back-rower had had the middle finger on his left hand amputated.

    Crichton earlier this week confirmed he had signed a three-year deal to join the Sydney Roosters from 2019.

    The 21-year-old had been told he needed more surgery on the digit, which would mean a three-month layoff.

    Instead of surgery, Crichton opted for amputation after being troubled constantly in recent years by the finger.

    “My finger has been an ongoing injury I’ve had since I was playing in the under-20s,” Crichton told the PlayersVoice website earlier this month.

    “… A while back, I got it fused. I’ve got no knuckle in it.

    “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 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.”

    After his fourth fusion surgery, Crichton pledged it would be the last such operation.

    “I’m going to have it cut it in half because I’m just over it,” he said.

    Crichton joins others prominent sportspeople including former AFL players Daniel Chick and Brett Backwell in amputating a finger to continue their careers.

    Chick had his left ring finger amputated in 2002 after frequent dislocations and, four years later, won a premiership with West Coast.

    Backwell played AFL with Carlton and, after returning to South Australia’s state league, had his left ring finger amputated in 2005 – a year later, he won the SA state’s league Magarey Medal for best-and-fairest in the competition.

    © AAP 2018

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    • Roar Guru

      December 21st 2017 @ 4:21pm
      The Barry said | December 21st 2017 @ 4:21pm | ! Report

      That’s pretty hard core.

      The Roosters should apply for salary cap relief as they’re getting less than what they paid for…???

    • Roar Guru

      December 21st 2017 @ 4:27pm
      The Barry said | December 21st 2017 @ 4:27pm | ! Report

      George Burgess has had both his hands amputated and he’s still playing…

      • December 21st 2017 @ 4:36pm
        Mosquito said | December 21st 2017 @ 4:36pm | ! Report

        The barry


      • December 22nd 2017 @ 2:14pm
        rebel said | December 22nd 2017 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

        I though he had new ones transplanted from a doner, but there was a mix up and he got the feet instead.

      • January 9th 2018 @ 5:06am
        Chook said | January 9th 2018 @ 5:06am | ! Report

        Motor neurone disease runs in their family!!! Collectively they would have the worst hands in the league. I wonder??

    • December 23rd 2017 @ 10:58am
      Jimmmy said | December 23rd 2017 @ 10:58am | ! Report

      James Graham could get the top knuckle of that pointing finger removed.

      • December 28th 2017 @ 11:29am
        Mushi said | December 28th 2017 @ 11:29am | ! Report

        He might have gotten Jimmy to remove it with a nibble

    • December 29th 2017 @ 7:10am
      Chris Love said | December 29th 2017 @ 7:10am | ! Report

      If only there was a futures market in SuperCoach. A short sell on Crichton’s starting price would be the trade of the year with him having a finger cut off and a Roosters contract signed for 2019.

    • January 1st 2018 @ 6:22pm
      BeastieBoy said | January 1st 2018 @ 6:22pm | ! Report

      This is a Real Bad Look for the NRL looking to attract Mums and their sons to the game.

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