The Cronulla Sharks reportedly have Newcastle utility Connor Watson in their sights, with an opening spot in the halves potentially a luring factor for the 25-year-old, per Wide World of Sports' The Mole.
Watson has started at lock, five-eighth and off the interchange in 2021, while also being run through at dummy-half and showing plenty of promise at the back under Knights coach Adam O'Brien
Having been used across the field and commonly relied on as the 14th man, Watson could be lured by the desire of a full-time starting role elsewhere.
Watson inked a new one-year deal in October last year, with another decision on his future now set for 2022 and beyond.
The Central Coast product has played 56 games for the Novocastrians since defecting from the Roosters at the end of the 2017 season.
It is understood that Watson has a strong relationship with incoming Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon during their time together in Bondi, with the impending Cronulla man potentially looking to lure the flexible Knight as a third signing for next season.
Hynes is sure to lock up one of the two open halves positions under Fitzgibbon, with his pending partner potentially seen as Watson.
Cronulla will also cut ties with Chad Townsend as part of his impending move to Townsville from 2022.
The Mole also reports that Townsend could be preparing to pack his bags and head to North Queensland sooner than first agreed, with the veteran halfback not having feature for Cronulla since Round 11.
Townsend was the match-winner in that 13-12 win over the Dragons, but his favouritism under interim coach Josh Hannay looks to have faded.