“I haven’t spoken to any union clubs and I’m not planning to go to union any time soon at all.
“I’m really happy here, I’m really happy with this coaching staff and this playing group and the club I grew up supporting.
“I’m really loving learning to become a better player and a better person here in these colours and I don’t want to go anywhere. Let’s just put that to bed.
“I’m not sure where those calls came from but the Roosters are such a great club and I don’t want to go anywhere.”
Crichton’s emphatic response to the rumours came after he played arguably his best game of the season on Sunday.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson pushed Crichton back to the bench and played him through the middle of the field in recent weeks.
While the former Souths star admitted being left out of the starting side was a hit to his confidence, Crichton also believes the shift was key to his return to form on Sunday.
“I was really excited to be back in the starting line-up and get to play my role on the edge, which is where I like to play,” he said.
“But I wouldn’t change anything that has gone on in the last month, in the last little bit.
“I am all the more better for having played that time in the middle.
“I think I have learned a heap about my role on the edge, having done that time in the middle.
“And learning the way back-rowers play at the Roosters. Now I have a far greater understanding of it and I feel I can play my best footy now.”
Having a player of Cordner’s calibre in close quarters certainly helps, too.
“All I have to do is watch some of his games and watch what he does. That is exactly what a Roosters back rower is. He defines that,” Crichton said.
“I watch a lot of his game footage and how he goes about his business. He’s a true leader. Just through his actions.
“Boydo is a massive inspiration for me and a textbook … I can sit back and see his game and see that’s what I’ve got to do.”
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.