Connor Watson, Newcastle Knights, Sydney Roosters, Trent Robinson, much less cash

The Sydney Roosters have once-again landed one of many signings of the season by negotiating the return of Newcastle utility Connor Watson on a cut-price deal.

Watson, 25, has agreed to phrases on a deal price round $450,000 lower than what he may have accepted by opting to stay with the Knights.

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The Roosters have signed Watson on a two-year contract price across the $300,000-a-season mark whereas the Knights had provided a three-year deal price round $350,000-a-year.

The deal was achieved on the Sunshine Coast – the place the Roosters and Newcastle are staying in the identical lodge on the Novotel Twin Waters – when Watson approached Roosters coach Trent Robinson about returning to the Tricolours.

Connor Watson celebrates scoring a attempt in his first Roosters stintSupply: Getty Photos

Initially the Roosters had been solely going to supply Watson a 12-month contract however after additional discussions secured the versatile utility on a two-year deal.

Watson has lower ties along with his agent and so negotiated the deal himself.

The deal was finalised by Sydney Roosters recruitment boss Daniel Anderson along side Robinson and Watson.

Three-time premiership-winning Roosters coach Robinson advised Watson he believed he may develop him into top-of-the-line utility gamers within the NRL to the purpose the place he could possibly be pushing for a place within the NSW State of Origin aspect.

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The Roosters plan to make use of Watson as a no. 14 with the utility able to overlaying a wide range of positions together with lock, hooker, the halves and the centres at a pinch.

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The Roosters now boast super depth for subsequent season with Luke Keary, Sam Walker and Drew Hutchison within the halves, Sam Verrills at hooker, Victor Radley at lock and Watson as a utility who can cowl all of these positions.

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Watson made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters in 2016 and spent two seasons with the Chooks earlier than transferring to Newcastle the place he has remained for the previous 4 seasons.

Watson has performed 100 NRL matches – 38 on the Roosters and 62 on the Knights – and has proven his versatility this yr by enjoying lock, five-eighth, hooker, centre and fullback at varied levels.

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