For a man making his way in the game of rugby league, injury problems early on in a career are possibly the worst thing that could possibly befall you but that is something 21 year old Angus Crichton has had to contend with.
Over recent years, the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ second rower has struggled with one ailment in particular, saying “my finger has been an ongoing injury I’ve had since I was playing in the under-20s,” then adding that he has had to have the finger fused over the years – something which resulted in it breaking many times. After the fourth instance of the same surgery, Crichton swore that it would be the last time he would have the procedure and now, in the run up to the 2018 campaign, he has made the decision to have it amputated so as to avoid more time in the treatment room. In fact, by opting to have the finger essentially cut in half, he has avoided spending three months out of action and will now be ready for the first match of the season.
Crichton understandably grew frustrated with the persistent injuries to said finger as it was often getting broken which led to him having it fused which removed the knuckle from the finger, leaving his middle finger permanently extended – something which led to an unfortunate misunderstanding. Crichton said that “one time, a while back, I accidentally cut someone off while I was driving and I put my hand up to wave at them to say sorry. The guy followed me all the way into a dead-end street. We each got out of our cars and he asked me if I’d stuck my finger up at him. I explained to him that I’d had it fused and it stuck out naturally. He understood after that.”
Ironically, come the end of the 2018 campaign his currently Rabbitoh fans may be giving him the unsavoury gesture as he is set to join their cross city rivals Sydney Roosters on a three year deal from the 2019 season.