Rabbitohs coach Anthony Siebold says Angus Crichton will not be granted an early release to join the Roosters in 2018.
Crichton signed a three-year deal with the Bondi club from 2019 worth close to $3 million.
South Sydney offered the 21-year-old a competitive offer, however, more money and the lure of a premiership proved too great of an opportunity.
And with talk now turning to whether the Redfern club will grant him an early release to join the Roosters next season, Siebold is adamant Crichton will be in the red and green in 2018.
“It’s disappointing for us as a club, we offered Angus a really competitive three-year deal to stay with us, he’s been here three years since he left school, so we are disappointed from that point of view,’’ Seibold told The Daily Telegraph.
“But it’s good it’s been resolved and we can move on for 2018.
“’Gussy’ is contracted with us for next year, and he will add great value to our 2018 season.
“We’ve had a couple of good conversations the last couple of days, and we’re both heading in the same direction for next year.
“The Rabbitohs are a very resilient club, and although we’re disappointed, we’ll finish this pre-Christmas training bloc, then focus on round one.’’
Crichton alluded to his impending exit from Souths Sydney in a recent article with PlayersVoice.
“Like any player, I have ambitions to win a premiership and play State of Origin and Test football. I need to grow as a player, so I need to be in the best environment to make that happen,’’ he said.