22/02/2024

Stephen Crichton starting training with the Bulldogs a month earlier than planned. (Image: Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs)

In a surprising turn of events, new recruit Stephen Crichton has donned the Bulldogs’ colours for the first time, choosing to join the squad for a sprint training session a full month before his originally slated start date.

During an interview on Sky Sports Radio’s ‘Big Sports Breakfast’, Head Coach Cameron Ciraldo joined by Bulldogs alum Josh Reynolds, highlighted Crichton’s decision to return early as a testament to the leadership qualities the three-time Premiership winner brings to the Bulldogs.

“It shows what type of person that he is, that he wants to come back and contribute right now and sort of form into a leader,” Ciraldo said.

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“He is a genuine winner, he prepares to win every day, he ticks every box,” he continued.

“He is just the ultimate professional and I am really excited about what he can bring in that regard to our younger guys and to our program in general.

“He is going to be really good for our group, the energy he brings every day, the professionalism he brings and then what he can do on the field as well. I am really excited to have him here.”

Stephen Crichton is one of ten recruits for the club ahead of the 2024 season, with the club looking to make the finals for the first time since 2016.

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