In the end, it came down to the Wests Tigers or the Newcastle Knights and it was the Hunter-based club that got the upper hand, signing Sydney Roosters utility Connor Watson on a 3-year deal.
With an aim to play more regular first-grade football, Watson requested a release from the Roosters to achieve that goal.
Watson is however always grateful to the Roosters for what they have done in his career and is focussed on performing as well as he can for the remainder of the season.
“I’ll always be grateful to the Sydney Roosters for the opportunity they gave me, everything I’ve learned and all the friends I’ve made,” said Watson.
“It’s a really special Club and I’m just really focused on doing the best job I can for the Roosters for the rest of this season.”
The Roosters club are also grateful for the services Watson has provided to the club and know that opportunities are few and far between and so they granted his release request.
“Connor has requested an early release with the view of securing an opportunity to play in a starting position at another NRL club, and we have agreed to release him from the final year of his contract with the Roosters at the conclusion of the 2017 season,” said Sydney Roosters Recruitment Manager, Adam Hartigan.
“Having come through the Roosters pathway program, Connor has made a significant contribution across all aspects of the Club in his time here, and for that we thank him. We also look forward to Connor continuing to play a key role within our squad for the rest of this season.”
Watson’s stocks have gone from strength to strength after making the 2017 NRL Auckland Nines Team of the Year and representing Country in the City v Country match.
That, coupled with his ability, has the club excited to obtain his services.
“Connor is an exciting young talent who has plenty of great football ahead of him,” said Knights CEO Matt Gidley.
“There is no doubt Connor will grow with our team and be a great addition to the Club.”