2019 was an interesting year for fullback/five-eighth/hooker/interchange utility Connor Watson.
Watson was a key member of the nib Newcastle Knights side, and really hit his straps mid-year when the team went on a six-game winning streak, climaxing with a stunning try against the Sydney Roosters in round 11.
Watson’s start to the season was somewhat disrupted, missing two weeks early on thanks to an MCL injury.
Since recovering, Watson was a mainstay in the Knights line-up, eventually finding a home at hooker in the back half of the season.
His stats speak for themselves, notching four tries, three try assists, three line-break assists and twelve offloads. He also managed to run for nearly 100 metres per game, with his total run metres sitting at 2054.
His defence is also strong, making 583 tackles at 87% efficiency across his 21 appearances.
With Jayden Brailey due to arrive at the club in the pre-season, Watson will have a fight on his hands to retain the No.9 jersey. Despite this, his value as a dynamic utility will see him remain as a crucial player in the Knights roster next season.