South Bunbury’s impressive off-season recruiting drive has continued, following the signing of decorated midfielder Jesse Crichton on Monday morning. Crichton, who was a reliable performer at AFL level for the Fremantle Dockers, had spent the past few seasons in the SWFL at Harvey-Brunswick-Leschenault. Under the guidance of coach John Baggetta, the classy midfielder won the 2019 Hayward Medal and was an instrumental piece of the Lions’ unforgettable era of dominance. Baggetta, who has gotten to know Crichton quite well on a personal level, said he would have been happy for whichever club was lucky enough to secure his services. “He is the sort of bloke who will fit in anywhere,” Baggetta said. It was revealed last November that Crichton was intending to participate in preseason training with WAFL outfit East Fremantle over the summer months. However, it is understood several factors could have affected his decision to remain playing football in the South West. One of these factors appears to be positive player-based conversations, according to Tigers president Leigh Wright. “It came about fairly quickly,” Wright said. “Jesse was obviously looking at the WAFL options, but I think the fact is that there were some player conversations as much as anything that were responsible for his interest being ignited at Souths as a player. “When I was talking to him the other night, he was saying it is quite obvious that South is an opportunity club. A club which is coming on with its youth-based program. “He was very open to having a conversation and quite interested when we did get to have a discussion.” Securing the services of Crichton means the Tigers have yet another impressive onballer within their playing stocks, which is likely to aid new coach Julian Burgess in his pursuit of bringing a premiership to Tigerland for the first time since 2016. While this signing is likely to improve South’s on-field success, the Tigers are also primed for a big year off-field, as they gear up for their 125th year anniversary celebrations. Both Crichton and Burgess were contacted for comment.