Angus Crichton will miss the start of the NRL season, with the Sydney Roosters star undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The 27-year-old was absent during the recent pre-season fixtures for the club after being granted personal leave, and will not return for the side’s Round 1 clash with the Dolphins.
Crichton last played for the Kangaroos in the Rugby League World Cup final victory against Samoa.
His father Charlie told Nine News on Thursday night that the NSW and Australian second-rower was receiving help for an issue that he has been dealing with for
“I can confirm today that Angus is under appropriate professional support and treatment for medically diagnosed bipolar disorder which he has been dealing with for sometime,” the statement read.
“He is full supported by his family, his management and the Sydney Roosters club as he works towards recovery.
“While no timeline has been set for his return to rugby league, we will continue to trust his medical team and know those with the rugby league community will respect his right to privacy during this time.”
There has been great concern in Rugby League recently over the health of @sydneyroosters star Angus Crichton.@Danny_Weidler has an update on his condition. #9News pic.twitter.com/vpEhPLDSDX
— 9News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) February 23, 2023
Crichton has played over 140 first grade games to date across stints with both the Rabbitohs and Roosters, as well as making 11 appearances in the State of Origin arena and five Tests for Australia.
The Sporting News wish Crichton the best in his recovery and hope to see him on the field soon.