UPDATE: The Roosters’ bid to keep Watson looks to have failed, with Fox Sports’ James Hooper reporting that Watson has agreed to join the Knights on a three-year deal.
It looks like there might be another twist in the Connor Watson story yet.
According to a WWOS report, Watson – who has been hotly pursued by the Knights and Tigers – is getting cold feet about the idea of joining a struggling team, and as a result, the Roosters are making a renewed effort to re-sign him.
If you haven’t been keeping track, let’s go back to the start. Watson was unhappy without a starting spot at the Roosters, and so requested permission to negotiate with rival clubs.
At that point, the Knights swooped in, with a view to using Watson as their long-term five-eighth. Then, just when the Knights thought Watson was over the line, the Tigers came over the top of them with a monster $600,000 offer, in the hopes that he’d head to Concord and play fullback.
After much to-ing and fro-ing, it was finally reported by 7Sport late last month that the Tigers were the victors, and Watson would be joining Wests in 2018.
Now, it’s reported that Watson has spoken to coach Trent Robinson in recent days about the possibility of remaining with the Roosters. Given that a 2018 release has yet to be finalised, the Roosters still technically have his rights anyway, it’s simply a matter of what Watson chooses to do.
But the reports of Watson heading to the Tigers may have been a little premature.