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Watson’s childhood dream finally true

2018 recruit Connor Watson will be pinching himself this week as he settles into life as a nib Newcastle Knight.

A long time Knights fan, Watson caught the red and blue bug when he was just five years old.

“I loved Joey (Andrew Johns) when I was growing up, and when I first started supporting the Knights was the day of the 2001 grand final,” Watson told media after his first field session on Thursday morning.

“We went down on the train and all my family was going for Parramatta, so I went for the Knights who ended up winning.”

Now 21-years-old, Watson joins the Club after spending four years with the Sydney Roosters.

“I’ve grown up with all the jerseys and I’ve always dreamt as a kid about playing for the Knights,” he said.

“It feels really good to be a Knight, and I’m really excited about the opportunity here.”

And while most players feel like it’s their first day at a new school when they link up with a club, that hasn’t been the case for Watson.

He grew up playing with and against a number of his teammates, and is also currently staying with Shaun Kenny-Dowall while he looks for a house of his own.


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“I played with the Saifiti brothers and I grew up with Tom Starling, and then there’s a lot of boys here that are my age so I’ve played against them coming through the grades,” Watson explained.

“I’ve been mates with some of these guys for a long time and then there’s the boys from the Roosters (Kenny-Dowall and Aidan Guerra) that are here, so it hasn’t been too daunting.”

Watson is a man on a mission; hoping to cement a starting position at the Knights.

“I could have stayed at the Roosters and play not too many minutes off the bench, so I think the biggest thing about coming here was the opportunity to play,” he said.

“Five-eighth is my favoured position, but there’s no guarantees in rugby league so I just have to train at my best and hopefully I’m there in Round 1.”

The next two 2018 recruits to report for pre-season training will be Kalyn Ponga and Aidan Guerra on Monday.