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
Herman Ese'ese (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), JJ Felise (Wests Tigers, 2018), 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)
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 (2019), 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 (2018)
|Off Contract 2018|
Tyrone Amey, Jamie Buhrer, Cory Denniss, JJ Felise, Christian Hazard, Zac Hosking, Tom Hughes, Jack Johns, Brent Naden, Ken Sio, Tom Starling, Luke Yates