England star’s future impacted by club’s pursuit of World Cup star

Stephen Crichton is only young but he has already done so much in his career.

Twice a hero to Penrith Panthers as they went on to win back-to-back Grand Finals with Crichton scoring the winner in the 2021 decider.

He was then Samoa’s hero in the Rugby League World Cup when his Golden Point drop goal broke English hearts in the semi-finals prior to scoring in the final against Australia.

However, now in the final year of his deal at Penrith, rival clubs can negotiate with him.

A curveball in all of this is the fact he has a desire to play fullback, a role Canterbury need to fill and subsequently they are chasing Crichton who it could be difficult for Penrith to keep as they have to give improved deals to their stars squeezing out others.

However, this move could leave Cleary without Crichton after 2023 especially now that the favourites for his signature have been revealed by Daily Telegraph journalist Phil Rothfield on Twitter.

Unsurprisingly, Rothfield has claimed his most likely destination is Canterbury for 2024.

This could have an impact on England star Herbie Farnworth who is also wanting to make the switch from centre to fullback which has seen him linked with Canterbury with former St Helens star Luke Thompson pushing for him to be signed.

However, a move for Crichton to Canterbury would perhaps end any chances of Farnworth joining the club.

Thus, a move to The Dolphins under former St Helens boss Kristian Woolf and former England boss Wayne Bennett.

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