Crichton hopeful over Roosters deal

03 March 2021 18:16:09 GMTPlus10

Angus Crichton says he is still keen to stay with the Sydney Roosters and is hopeful a new deal will be sorted out sooner rather than later.

Crichton is off contract in 2021 and as things stand he has yet to put pen-to-paper on anything fresh. However he is not too concerned and sounds hopeful following an impressive pre-season so far.

"We're still sorting that out, obviously I'm still keen to stay," he said.

"We'll get through it. You want to get it done as quickly as you can. Sometimes things like this take time, we've both said we're keen to keep working together, we'll sort it out.

"I love playing here, I love the area, I love the club, the staff and the players so I'm not looking to leave any time soon at all."

His chances have been boosted by the fact he has jumped up the pecking order and will play edge forward heading into round one of the NRL season.

A gap has opened up following Mitch Aubusson's decision to retire, while Boyd Cordner is on the sidelines with concussion, and he is ready to grab the chance with both hands.

"I'm a second-rower, which is where I want to be," Crichton added. "I'll do whatever the team needs and last year I had to fill in at lock certain times but second row is my preferred position."

He impressed during the weekend's trial game, but remains tight-lipped over where he will play against Manly in round one.

"I played on the left on the weekend but Robbo's full of surprises, he might change it up before round one so I won't give you too much info, we'll see what happens," he said.

The Roosters are priced at 10.00 to win the NRL grand final.

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