NRL: Sydney Roosters utility Connor Watson ready to nail down starting spot at hooker – What We Know!

Connor Watson has returned to the Sydney Roosters and offers coach Trent Robinson plenty of selection options given his utility value

The chance to get out of his consolation zone is the chief motive Connor Watson returned to the Sydney Roosters.

Supplied a three-year extension by the Newcastle Knights the place he was a key determine, the 25-year-old as an alternative inked a cope with Trent Robinson’s squad for 2022 and 2023.

Watson was beforehand on the books of the Tricolours again in 2016 and 2017, and all the time needed to return to the Chooks if the celebrities aligned.

A dialog final yr with Robinson, a three-time premiership-winning coach within the NRL, additional satisfied Watson it was time to come back ‘dwelling’ – even when it was for much less cash.

In August, Watson reached out to the person who handed him his NRL debut as he eyed off a potential transfer to the English Tremendous League. 

Robinson was blissful to go on his knowledge, however earlier than the dialog ended he made certain he requested if Watson would entertain a return to Bondi Junction.

Connor Watson has returned to the Sydney Roosters and presents coach Trent Robinson loads of choice choices given his utility worth

Watson will line up against his former teammates from Newcastle this weekend - including close friend and former housemate Kalyn Ponga (pictured right)

Watson will line up towards his former teammates from Newcastle this weekend – together with shut pal and former housemate Kalyn Ponga (pictured proper) 

The seed was planted – and the prodigal son then determined to name Bondi dwelling for a second time.

Arguably one of the best utility within the NRL, Watson is aware of he will probably be within the premiership combine with the Roosters, who’re competitors favourites within the eyes of many specialists and footy followers.

He additionally gained’t have to attend lengthy to line up towards his greatest pal and former housemate Kalyn Ponga when the Roosters host the Knights on the Sydney Cricket Floor on Saturday afternoon.

Watson admitted will probably be unusual enjoying Adam O’Brien’s males after 4 years within the NSW Hunter area, however is relishing the chance to begin the competition at dummy half. 

‘So my (major) function this yr will probably be 9 and 13 (lock) which I actually take pleasure in…but when I get chucked into halves or fullback, it’s one thing completely different, you must adapt,’ he advised NRL.com.

‘It’s a extremely massive check to have the ability to go and play in all these positions and play nicely and I truly just like the problem of it.’

With younger hooker Sam Verrills breaking his thumb at coaching this week, Watson is aware of constant performances will see him exhausting to dislodge from the beginning workforce as soon as the season is in full swing.

NRL legend Cooper Cronk, who gained titles with the Roosters in 2018 and 2019, acknowledged Watson’s utility worth – however personally would begin rugby league’s Mr-Repair-It.

‘I’d play Connor at five-eighth since you’ve received a dominant half that may permit him to swing to the open,’ he mentioned.

‘You too can begin him at No.9 and use his leg pace…he’s a really useful possibility for Trent to name on wherever he performs.’

Fast stat: The Roosters comfortably beat the Knights in each clashes final season