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What to expect from Watson’s fullback switch

Connor Watson puts it simply.

“I love doing the dirty work.”

Ahead of his move to fullback, the 22-year-old has sent a message to nib Newcastle Knights supporters, urging them not to expect him to be another Kalyn Ponga.

They’re two very different players.

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While Ponga ran riot in the No.1 last year, Watson is eager to establish his own style.

“Me and Kalyn are different players,” Watson said.

“From me, you probably expect a bit more running. Kalyn doesn’t like yardage carries too much. I love doing the dirty work. I like carrying. I’ll try and use my speed and strength to break tackles.

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“I like competing and that’s my strongest asset, being on every play and supporting.

“Hopefully you see me finish off a fair few tries this year.”

Watson made 15 appearances for the Club last season in what was an injury interrupted year for the livewire.

He scored seven tries and set up four but with plenty of fresh faces in the squad, Watson hopes to increase his involvement.

With ball playing forwards and classy backs, Watson believes his jack-in-a-box style will compliment the ball players in the team.

“Finishing off line breaks,” he said.

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“Supporting Klem and big Gav. They have offloads in their game and building combinations.

“When there’s quick play the balls, flooding the ruck with Danny.

“It’ll be good. I’m excited to get out there and going.”