Rabbitohs back-rower Angus Crichton shocked the rugby league world when he decided to have his middle finger amputated after years of nagging pain and injury.
The 21-year-old had just signed a lucrative deal with the Sydney Roosters, beginning in the 2019 season, but wanted to give it his all in 2018 with the Rabbitohs.
So after careful consideration, the only way to ensure he would be fit for round one was to chop his finger off.
"A lot of people think it was a spur of the moment decision but it's been going on for three years," Crichton told NRL.com at the Emerging Blues Origin camp.
"The alternative was a joint replacement which was less chance of healing and a six-month recovery.
"I did it to play. My wound is still healing but I'll be back to full training next week."
Crichton was part of the 38-man Emerging Blues Origin squad that gathered in Sydney on Saturday, and was excited at getting his first taste of Representative football in rugby league.
"I haven't played any rep footy in league before so being included in this camp and around some of the greats is exciting," Crichton told NRL.com.
"I've never played alongside blokes like Nathan Cleary or Mitchell Moses so it's cool after playing against them week in and week out, to be able to get to know them on a personal level and hopefully play with them in the future."