Crisp endured two seasons with a "pretty bad" hip problem that would have had serious ramifications for his 2019 season had he not undergone off-season surgery.
"(World-renowned, Melbourne-based hip surgeon) John O'Donnell said, 'Lucky you went in now,' because I probably would've been pretty stuffed this year if I didn't have surgery," Crisp said.
"Every time I moved my hip, a bone spur was ripping some cartilage, so I had a flap of cartilage flapping around in my hip. The ball-and-socket (joint) was getting jammed and it chipped away at the bone. It was a bit worn out."