Former Rooster turned Knights x-factor

At the Roosters, Connor Watson filled several roles.

That hasn’t changed since he arrived in Newcastle.

Such an attacking ace, Watson has filled fullback, five-eighth and hooker this season but finds himself on the bench for the Round 18 match against his former side.

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According to fellow utility and teammate, Jamie Buhrer, Watson’s ability to make an impact in multiple roles sees him as a vital cog in the Knights’ attacking make-up.

“Connor’s probably been one of our best for the past four or five weeks,” Buhrer said.

“Particularly when Danny got injured. He did a great job filling in at hooker. He provides that energy no matter where you put him.

“He’s going to be an important part of our team moving forward at this back-end of the year.

“He’d be a little disappointed having to come off the bench but having someone of his ability ready to step into multiple positions is only going to benefit the team.”

The Knights will run out onto the SCG on Saturday attempting to snap a two-game losing streak.

In order to do that, they’ll need to fix the number of penalties they are conceding.

The team’s discipline has come under scrutiny in recent weeks with penalties mounting and sin binnings hurting the team in crucial stages of the game.

Buhrer said it’s something the coaching staff has addressed and focused on fixing ahead of Saturday’s game.

“We’re well aware of our need to improve in that area,” Buhrer said.

“It’s something that Browny has been speaking about for a number of weeks. It’s not something he’s just dropped in our lap, so to speak. It certainly affected us on the weekend and something we need to rectify.”