Stephen Crichton refuses to decide to Penrith past 2021 with membership set to fulfill new supervisor

“I will see what’s finest for my household,” Crichton instructed The Solar-Herald. “I’ve a brand new supervisor and once I get residence [from Blues camp] I will begin chatting with them and see what occurs.”

When pressed if he may assure he would stay on the foot of the mountains as soon as his deal expired on the finish of subsequent season, Crichton stated: “I am undecided”.

In demand ... Stephen Crichton

In demand … Stephen CrichtonCredit score:Janie Barrett

“I spoke to Ivan, the handshake … I instructed him I will see what’s finest for my household and issues like that. I did not have a supervisor on the time. Now I’ve received one, so I’ve left it with them to take care of.

“I used to be dedicated [to Penrith], however I am seeing what’s finest for my household as properly.”

Penrith followers can be sweating on Crichton recommitting to the membership after his breakout season within the centres outdoors Viliame Kikau. He was rewarded for his kind by being chosen within the NSW Origin squad and whereas he by no means performed towards Queensland, was grateful for the expertise and probability to rub shoulders with a few of the recreation’s greatest names.

Penrith even have a battle on their arms to retain Matt Burton, who has attracted severe curiosity from Canterbury, whereas Isaah Yeo and Jarome Luai are each off contract on the finish of subsequent yr.

The Panthers imagine their present supply for Crichton is ideal for a participant getting into simply the second yr of his NRL profession. They’re detest to pay their native expertise an excessive amount of too quickly for concern the monetary reward will put them on an undesirable pedestal.

Crichton didn’t need the negotiations to pull on and easily stated “hopefully actually quickly” when it got here to reaching an consequence.

The Sydney Roosters have been linked to Crichton, and are in want of a centre as soon as Josh Morris strikes on on the finish of subsequent yr.


Crichton stated not one of the Roosters had tried to promote him the Bondi dream whereas in Blues camp.

The Mt Druitt native is aware of rival groups will know easy methods to deal with him rather a lot higher subsequent yr, and will probably be as much as him to beat the second-year syndrome. Latrell Mitchell even referenced the challenges Crichton would face subsequent yr when talking from private expertise on the Bloke In A Bar podcast not too long ago.

Daine Laurie signed with the Wests Tigers this week, however is on a improvement contract with Penrith subsequent season and won’t be granted an early launch.

Burton can even be stored on the foot of the mountains subsequent yr, even when he indicators elsewhere for 2022.

In the meantime, one other Crichton, Angus, has been taken off the market by the Roosters, particularly with uncertainty about the way forward for skipper Boyd Cordner.

A number of golf equipment had expressed curiosity in Crichton, together with the Wests Tigers, however rivals had since been instructed the gun ahead could be going nowhere.

Crichton, one in all NSW’s finest gamers throughout the Origin sequence, instructed the Herald throughout Origin camp how he liked the Roosters and needed to decide to a brand new long-term deal.

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