SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07: Connor Watson of the Roosters runs the ball during the round 18 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium on July 7, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Newcastle Knights have announced that Connor Watson has signed a three-year contract with the club, commencing in 2018.

Watson made his NRL debut at the Sydney Roosters in 2016 and has played 30 NRL games.

This year, the 21-year-old was named the Auckland Nines’ Player of the Tournament and also represented Country in the City Country Origin match.

“Connor is an exciting young talent who has plenty of great football ahead of him,” CEO Matt Gidley said.

“There is no doubt Connor will grow with our team and be a great addition to the Club.”

Watson joins Kalyn Ponga, Tautau Moga and Aidan Guerra at the Club in 2018, as well as Shaun Kenny-Dowall, who made his Club debut last weekend.

“It has been pleasing to announce a number of signings for next season, as we continue to build our squad with a mix of local juniors, emerging talent and experience,” Gidley concluded.

The Club would like to acknowledge the Sydney Roosters for releasing Watson from his contract.

Newcastle Knights 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
JJ Collins (Wests Tigers, 2020), Herman Ese'ese (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Slade Griffin (Melbourne Storm, 2019), Aidan Guerra (Sydney Roosters, 2020), Christian Hazard (2018), Chris Heighington (Cronulla Sharks, 2018), Jack Johns (2018), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Jacob Lillyman (New Zealand Warriors, 2018), Tautau Moga (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Brent Naden (Canberra Raiders, 2018), Mitchell Pearce (Sydney Roosters, 2021), Kalyn Ponga (North Queensland Cowboys, 2021), Connor Watson (Sydney Roosters, 2020)
2018 Losses
David Bhana (released), Brendan Elliot (Gold Coast Titans), Jaelen Feeney (released), Dane Gagai (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Jacob Gagan (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Trent Hodkinson (Cronulla Sharks), Rory Kostjasyn (retired), Peter Mata'utia (Leigh Centurions), Sam Mataora (retired), Jarrod Mullen (released), Mickey Paea (Hull FC), Pauli Pauli (Wakefield Trinity), Will Pearsall (released), Tyler Randell (Wakefield Trinity), Josh Starling (retired), Jack Stockwell (Gold Coast Titans), Anthony Tupou (retired), Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants)
Tyrone Amey (2018), Mitch Barnett (2020), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (2021), Tom Hughes (2018), Jack Johns (2018), Danny Levi (2020), Nick Meaney (2021), Dylan Phythian (2018), Nathan Ross (2020), Daniel Saifiti (2020), Jacob Saifiti (2020), Tom Starling (2018), Sam Stone (2020), Luke Yates (2019)
Off Contract 2019
Jamie Buhrer, Slade Griffin, Hymel Hunt, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Zac Woolford
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  1. Wow nice steal Knights. All the headlines had him to the Tigers. Too bad the Knights were too stupid to keep Gagai rather than chase Knuckle Head Dowell

    • Gagai wanted to leave for a few reasons it wasn’t about the money. And signing Moga was a good replacement…. I’d say the Knight were smart not stupid DH…. And picking up Watson reinforces that

        • Knights would have had to pay near to a million to keep Gagai. It’s not worth it since he only has a good game every 5 games for the Knights. The only backs that deserve that kind of money are the top liners like Radradra, Inglis in his prime etc.

  2. Ponga
    P Matautia
    Burher (c)
    D Saifiti
    S Matautia (c)
    J Saifiti
    Elliot/Sio/C Matautia (backs)
    Feeney/Lamb/Pythian (halves/hooker)
    Yates/Stone/Pauli/King (forwards)

    • That team still not playing finals, also why do people keep having buhrer at hooker… he’s not… nes an awesome edge backrower with good decent ball he can create things

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