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)

Connor Watson signs with new club for 2018

The battle for the signature of Connor Watson looks to be over with the young star reportedly signing on with a new club for 2018.

Watson is contracted to the Sydney Roosters next season but with opportunities limited at the club behind a plethora of stars, Watson was given permission to talk to other clubs.

The Newcastle Knights and Wests Tigers had both been vocal about wanting to sign the young utility and most believed the Wests Tigers had got their man with reports of a massive offer.

That has all changed today though with reports that Watson will shun the bigger offer and sign with the Knights for 2018.

Foxsports journalist James Hooper has tweeted that Watson has inked a three-year deal with the Newcastle club and the deal will be announced shortly.

If true, Watson will join Aidan Guerra and Shaun Kenny-Dowall, both Roosters teammates, as well as Kalyn Ponga at the Knights next year.

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The Knights are also expected to announce the signing of Broncos duo Herman Ese’ese and Tautau Moga in the near future, with Broncos coach Wayne Bennett today confirming that Ese’ese was leaving Brisbane.


  1. Didn’t even know why we offered Watson a deal already got tui, Reynolds, brooks, and liddle not sure where he would fit in that spine

  2. Great buy for Knights. Start to build a decent side that should push away from the bottom 4.

    1 Ponga
    2 Ross
    3 Moga
    4 P Mata’utia
    5 Kenny-Dowall
    6 Watson
    7 Hodkinson
    8 D Saifiti
    9 Levi
    10 Essese
    11 Guerra
    12 Fitzgibbon
    13 S Mata’utia (c)

    14 Buhrer
    15 Wardle
    16 J Saifiti
    17 M Barnett

    • Need some more grunt up front. For now they should sign Brenton Lawrence to a one year deal for the sole purpose of adding experience to the knights pack. He would be fairly cheap and would be a good role model to the knights pack. But yes, Knights appear to be on the upper. 2017 should be their last spoon for a while.

  3. I was so worried when tigers went on a spree but looking at it now we played the waiting game and got our money’s worth with some young quality. Obviously still need experience tho Lawrence and Latu I’d target next! We had Matt Scott before injury so imagine adding him to the list so far! Could have been contenders for 8th spot

    • You could have everyone in the comp in your side but you still wont make the 8. These players will take 2 to 3 years to start playing well together. Not saying knights are just crap and will never play finals, need some time before they start playing well. On the right track, as you said smart with their money unlike the tigers who are throwing it at anyone and hopeing it will stick without buying players they actually need.

      • They’re professionals. Sure, after 2 or 3 years they should be better, but with a couple more good signings, they’ll be contenders for top 8 fairly quickly. If you saw that stat someone did with what the ladder would be if the half time results were final, newcastle were 4th. They just need a little more experience to close out games and they’d be in the top 8 with minimal changes to current squad. Halves are where they’re lacking, so watson and maloney are a good place to be throwing money.

  4. dumb signing they already have centres and fullback now there definitely not gonna get maloney

    • He’s a handy 5/8. Good utility option as he can cover all backline positions, and didn’t break the bank to get him. I think him and lamb are long term halves pairing, and someone like maloney gives them an experienced head to give short term results, and long term mentoring over 2 or 3 years, then he fades into retirement and has bought out the best in 2 talented young guys with plenty of years ahead of them. I think it’s a great signing, and will go a long way to help sign maloney, as he won’t feel like all the pressure is on him if he knows theres other decent ball players coming too.

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