Many have called for Kalyn Ponga to make a move into the halves but Newcastle legend Mark Hughes believes Nathan Brown has it right with Connor Watson in the No.6.

Speaking on Kurt's Call, the former two-time premiership winner has backed the combination of Mitchell Pearce and Watson as the partnership to lead the Club.

Why? Because they complement each other.

"His combination with Mitchell Pearce, I think they've done four games at half-five-eighth and they're undefeated." Hughes said.

"That combination is working. Connor is more of a running, darting, energetic type five-eighth.

"It's definitely worth sticking with that combination."


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Having spent ample time in the halves throughout his career, Gidley understands the importance of having a balance.

Gidley believes the current squad has that in Watson and Pearce.

With Pearce as the chief playmaker with a kicking game rarely rivalled by any other, Watson is free to play what's in front of him and it's working wonders for the duo.


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"I like that variety of halves, in every team," Gidley added.

"Someone who can take care of a game plan, kicking game, experience and just basically run the team through it's sets but I like the other half to have a wonderful running game.

"Connor's best attribute is running, being energetic and being enthusiastic."

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