‘I’ll see what comes’: Crichton walks away from Roosters explosion after Fifita fiasco



Angus Crichton says he holds no grudge against the Sydney Roosters over the botched signing of David Fifita, as he continues to weigh up his own future.

Crichton made headlines earlier this month when he criticized the Tricolours, claiming they had kept him in the dark about Fifita’s signing.

At the time, he also made it clear that he would not play second fiddle to Fifita and said coach Trent Robinson knew where to find him to explain the situation.

But the situation changed dramatically days later when Fifita backtracked on his contract with the Roosters and opted to remain on the Gold Coast.

Angus Crichton celebrates a Blues victory in 2018.

That had sparked fears the Roosters could lose both Fifita and Crichton, having shown their hand in signing the Titans star before losing him.

But speaking publicly for the first time since the development, Crichton said he wouldn’t mind that as he considered his next step.

“It’s fun. I think at the beginning of the year they were looking to the future and I don’t think they were interested in rehiring me,” Crichton said.

“So obviously I’m playing good football now that they’re keen to re-sign me.

“So I can’t be angry with the club for trying to look after him and resolve a position they didn’t know he was going to take.

“It is a business and it is not personal. That’s recruiting, I think that’s the way it is.”

Crichton said he was emotional when he made the initial comments about the Roosters earlier this month, but he no longer had the same feelings.

“It was a bit of preparation. I just told it like it was and spoke from the heart,” she stated.

“But there is definitely no love lost for the club.

“The club has given me a lot. “I have such a deep love for the team, the coaches and the players, for all those guys and for the club itself.”

However, Crichton has not yet committed to playing for the Roosters.

The AAP has been told that several clubs have approached their coach about the services of the second row, while both French and Japanese rugby remain an attraction.

His management met with Roosters supremo Nick Politis last week but a decision is unlikely to be imminent.

Likewise, Crichton doesn’t see his NSW State of Origin selection as something guaranteed to motivate him to stay in the NRL.

“My manager has spoken to Nick and they are trying to find something. I’m not going to rush it,” she said.

“I love the NRL and this sport has given me my entire adult life.

“I am very grateful that I made the decision to show up and play in important games like (Origin) is the reason you play.

“But I don’t think he’s in much of a rush to make decisions quickly. “I’ll sit back and see what comes up and make a decision.”

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