Crichton to depart Souths after 2018 NRL

Star NRL back-rower Angus Crichton is expected to join the Sydney Roosters on a lucrative three-year deal after departing South Sydney at the end of next year.

The 21-year-old has rejected a contract extension by the Rabbitohs, who revealed on Monday he has committed his future to a rival club.

“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,” the club said in a statement.

Crichton made his first-grade debut for Souths in round 19 of the 2016 campaign and played 22 games this year.

He will play for the Redfern-based club in 2018 before he moves on.

He is a respected clubman, picking up the Jack Rayner players’ player award, the Roy Asotasi members’ choice award and The Burrow Appreciation award in 2017.

There is also speculation Cronulla are interested in his services.

The Roosters have been active in regenerating their playing group with NSW fullback James Tedesco and halfback Cooper Cronk the most high-profile recruits heading into next season’s NRL.

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