Knights in the news: Watson open to wearing No.1

There's been no shortage of interest in our boys this week.

The nib Newcastle Knights attract plenty of media attention and we've pulled together the best of it in case you missed any of the news.

Here's what our boys got up to this week:

Watson open to playing fullback in 2019


Connor Watson said he's open to a potential switch in 2019 if it's the best option for the team.

Shoulder and groin issues restricted Watson to only 15 games last season after he joined from the Sydney Roosters at the start of the 2018 season but the 22-year-old is on the med.

Having played five-eighth last season, the nib Newcastle Knights gun could now find himself swapping position with Kalyn Ponga who flourished in his only game playing No.6.


Ponga's ball-playing ability and kicking game could see him land the five-eighth role with Watson's dynamic running style pushing him towards the custodian position.

"I'd definitely be more than happy to," Watson told the Newcastle Herald. 

"I actually grew up playing fullback and it wasn't until I was 17 or 18 and came down to the Roosters that I had to move, because Latrell [Mitchell] was playing fullback at the time.

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"The Roosters thought I could turn into a six, and to be honest the two positions are pretty similar.

"Especially the footy we play at the Knights, I don't think it will make too much difference if I went back there.

"It'll probably just mean that I run the ball a bit more, which is my strength, so I'd be more than happy to do that."


Watson is currently recovering from groin surgery he had over the off-season and said his injury setbacks in 2018 were frustrating.

"It was probably the first year in footy I've had any real adversity, injury wise," he said.

"Obviously I've had a few injuries before, but I've never missed so many games in one season.

"I only played 15 games, and in one of them I did my shoulder in the 10th minute, then in another I re-tore my groin in the 15th minute.

"So I really only managed 13 proper games, which in the scheme of things is not much footy at all." 

Read more in The Newcastle Herald.