One of the stranger aspects in the life of a player in the National Rugby League is that they are frequently in the position of knowing they are going to leave their current club for another opening, leading to the inevitable questions about the level of commitment they will have going into an entire season with a club that is soon to be abandoned.
That is the case for South Sydney Rabbitohs back-rower Angus Crichton, who will leave the Bunnies at the end of the 2018 Telstra NRL Premiership competition.
His supporter base naturally assumes that Crichton will be half-hearted in 2018; an allegation Crichton is quick to refute.
“It’s something I was aware was going to happen,” Crichton told NRL.com.”Something that as a player you have to expect and get used to. I try not to read into it too much and buy into what a lot of people were saying.The thing for me is if the people I really care about – my family, players I will play with this year, the coaches and close mates – if they all understand where I’m coming from and what’s going on with me then I’m happy.
“I had to do what was best for myself.”
Such candor is truly appreciated by those who realise that a rugby career is a finite one, with the average number of games played being just above 50, less than two seasons.
Anyone who wishes to question Crichton’s commitment need only know that in order to get ready for this season’s Rabbitohs campaign, he had a finger amputated, rather than risk missing the opening game of 2018 against the New Zealand Warriors.
Crichton made his remarks at the NSW Emerging Blues camp at ANZ Stadium, where he is hoping to earn a slot on the state side for the next State or Origin series.