Knights in the News: Watson bigger, stronger, faster

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:

January 23

WATSON BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER

Physically, Connor Watson has never been better.

Speaking to the Newcastle Herald, Watson revealed he is bench pressing an incredible 22 kgs more than his previous best.


He's also faster than ever after being clocked at more than 33 km/h in the Club's 30 metre sprint testing.

He's also bulked up.

This dramatic increase in physical performance has him in the box seat to attack 2019 following an injury hampered season last year.

Part of putting last year behind him is making a positional switch.


It's been one of the most talked about moves in the NRL with Watson trading places with Kalyn Ponga.

Watson is expected to start Round 1 with in the fullback role.

"It's been a good change for me because I've been able to get away from having to organise and control games to just running and putting myself in situations that I'm a lot better at," Watson told The Newcastle Herald.

Recovering from shoulder and groin complaints, the increase in physical performance should help the natural runner bust through the line.


While he's getting his head around reading numbers and fixing the defence from the back, he's excited to inject himself into the attack.

With some damaging forwards in the squad, Watson's support play will play a vital role this season.

"I think the hardest part for me has been with the defence and getting used to the organisation that goes with it and knowing when and where to jump in the line myself in defence," he said.


"There is a fair bit to it but I'm getting better and learning more and more every day and getting heaps more comfortable there.

"Attacks been good, combining with Pearcey [Mitchell Pearce] and Kalyn really well and learning which blokes to support and get around.

"The biggest thing for me I think will be that support role. There is going to be a lot more focus on us playing in the advantage line and supporting our big men more when they take it forward."