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Where will Connor play in 2020?

It’s the question which has plagued his coaches throughout his NRL career and continues to run high on the minds of his current ones.

One of those men, newly appointed Assistant Coach Willie Peters, is the one potentially in charge of finding an answer.

It is, of course, where is Connor Watson’s best position?

Watson has proven to be a valuable utility for the nib Newcastle Knights, filling into every position among the Club’s spine.

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It’s a fact not lost on Peters, who recently joined Adam O’Brien’s coaching staff from South Sydney.

“Connor’s the type of player where you could put him anywhere and as a footballer, he’s going to do a good job,” Peters said.

“We need to find that right position for him and we’re still discussing that and watching it every day.

“But you can put Connor anywhere, and he’ll do a good job because of his energy and effort.”

With Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga having a monopoly on the No.7 and No.1 jerseys respectively, and Jayden Brailey arriving as an experienced hooker, it seems the position most available to Watson is five-eighth.

He will face stiff competition there as well, with Phoenix Crossland, Mason Lino and Kurt Mann all vying for the same role.

Peters himself admits the role is up for grabs, and the coaching staff are watching training closely to find their man.

“At the moment we’re just seeing what they can do on the training field,” he said.

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“We’re looking at little things like fitness and mentality, and then their skill levels, so communication, game management, that type of thing.

“That will evolve, but I think someone will put their hand up before the start of the season and there’s obviously three or four choices at the moment.”

Watson started four games last season at five-eighth, winning three of them and showing signs of his obvious talent.

However, the man himself claims the role isn’t one that comes naturally to him.

“For me to be able to play six I probably need to work on my game management and kicking, but the thing is I’m not a natural six in a sense, I’m more a ball runner,” Watson said.

“I think I’ve got to play to my ability at six, and play the way that I know to play, which I have done in the past.

“I think it’s the other areas I need to improve on, just in case it’s called on me to do that job.”

The jack-of-all-trades has developed a lethal combination with Mitchell Pearce through their time spent to together at the Sydney Roosters before moving to the Knights together in 2018.

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While Watson’s running game would provide the team with a dynamic halves’ presence, the 23-year-old admits his style of play would need to change slightly if he was to slot into the position full-time.

“I think for me personally, if I am to play six, I need to play it how I personally play it, which is different,” he said.

“I run and try to create through my running and attacking, where other guys are probably better ballplayers than me, but that isn’t the way that I play six.

“I think for me it’s just getting better in those other areas, so if Mitchell goes down or I need to create something with my ball playing I can do that, but also keep my natural flare and instincts.”

While Watson is clearly pushing hard for a spot through his intense training schedule and insane fitness, Peters hinted the spot remains wide open to anybody willing to put their hand up.

“I think anyone in our top squad is a realistic chance,” Peters said.

“That’s what they’ve got to be thinking and us as coaches have to be thinking, and we want the players to be thinking that because come round one, when Adam’s got to select the team, we want that entire top 30 to be top of mind.”