Brown Q and A: Ponga five-eighth, Watson fullback switch?

There's no doubt in Nathan Brown's mind that Kalyn Ponga could make a success switch to the halves but it's not a move the 20-year-old will be making anytime soon.

Answering queries from the supporters in part two of his Q and A video, the nib Newcastle Knights coach was posed the question whether he would consider playing Ponga at five-eighth and moving Connor Watson to fullback.

Ponga has played in the halves at junior level before moving to the custodian's role where he has excelled.

Watson is no stranger to either position.


His versatility saw him wear the No.1 on several occasions while he was at the Roosters but a move isn't something Brown is considering.

"Kalyn could play five-eighth, he could play centre and Connor on the other hand could do the same," Brown said.

"When we signed Kalyn, we made it quite clear we signed him to play fullback and that was his desire to play fullback

"The way it's working out for us, we'd probably be a bit silly to change at the minute.


"We need to recruit around Kalyn being our long-term fullback.

"Do I think Kalyn could play five-eighth and as time goes on, like a Darren Lockyer, could he change position? He certainly could.

"But I wouldn't have thought that would be something we'd look to do in the short-term unless we were forced to by injuries.

"The short to long-term, I think we'd all agree, Kalyn out the back doing what he's doing will only continue to help us grow at the club."


Press play on the video above to hear the rest of Brown's Q and A.