The 28-year old will move on due to a salary cap dispute as the fallen giants look to rebuild their squad at the end of what’s turning into a disastrous campaign for the club.
Watkins has been on the radar of numerous NRL clubs for several years now, and with over 250 first-grade games under his belt he’d fit the bill for any side looking for an experienced centre for 2020. On top of that he’s played 25 times for England too, including the 2017 World Cup Final against Australia.
While Watkins has yet to reveal his future plans, in a statement announcing his exit, he commented, “I am 28 and looking forward to a new challenge whether in Super League or abroad and I wish the club all the best for the years ahead.”
Despite suffering a couple of long-term injuries, Watkins is still at an age where he could make an immediate impact in the NRL and if he can regain his best form then one club could be getting themselves a bargain for next year.