Angus Crichton's second year in the Red and Green was a revelation for Souths as the 21-year old second-rower from Temora developed into a key starter in the forward pack. But if you ask Crichton, he just "learnt plenty and had a lot of fun".
In 22 games for the Rabbitohs, Crichton put in the hard yards during his 1551 minutes of football. The Rugby Union convert topped the Rabbitohs for tackle breaks (117), followed just behind Sam Burgess for tackles (682) and offloads (25) and third in the team for metres gained (2665m).
His performance earned him a nomination for the Provan-Summons Medal ahead of the 2017 Dally M Awards.
Tough year with my boys but learnt plenty and had a lot of fun, already eyeing off 2018 - thanks for all the support pic.twitter.com/H0Z48XpsnH— Angus Crichton (@acrichton33) September 4, 2017
All this despite carrying some niggling injuries that has him booked in for post-season surgery. The effort Crichton put in on-field was also matched by his efforts off-field to help the senior players develop the emerging youth.
“I think the biggest thing for me being a young player, and having experienced what I have this year, it’s a good opportunity for me to help other young players," said Crichton.
Although, with emerging Rabbitohs like Cam Murray (the NSW U20s Blues Captain), Campbell Graham (Australian Schoolboy), Tyrell Fuimaono (Junior Kangaroo), Robert Jennings (Junior Kangaroo), Siosifa Talakai (Junior Kiwi) and incoming recruit Jesse Arthars (leading points scorer in the 2016 NYC Competition) - it might not be too hard a job.
Not my first rodeo; 4 hours in surgery waiting room but I came prepared- not phased 😂👌🏼 pic.twitter.com/llkpHEpoWT— Angus Crichton (@acrichton33) September 5, 2017
Crichton now has turned his attention to getting his body right for season 2018.
"With the season ending, it's positive that I can get my body ready and prepared for next year's pre-season to make sure I'm in the best nick come around one next year," said Crichton told Sydney Morning Herald reporter Chris Barrett.
"They have been lingering all season. It will be good to put them to bed and get my body ready for next season."