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NRL: Watson up for Roosters challenge

Connor Watson is back on board with the Sydney Roosters and is looking forward to the challenge of playing the utility role in the 2022 NRL season.

The Roosters are priced at 11/2 to win the 2022 NRL grand final and Watson will have a big role to play after returning to the club from the Newcastle Knights.

Injury-hampered spell

Watson had a four-year spell in the Hunter and although he showed flashes of his quality, injuries prevented him from realising his full potential.

He hopes to do that now that he is back with the Bondi outfit and is ready to be versatile under the leadership of Trent Robinson.

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During his time with the Knights, Watson played at hooker, five-eighth and fullback and is ready to do the same with the Roosters.

"Utility has become a really important position and it's actually so fun and exciting all the time because it's a new challenge," Watson told reporters. "So my (main) role is nine and 13 which I really enjoy and love but if I get chucked into halves or fullback it's something different you have to adapt and roll with and see if you're capable of it.

"It's a really big test to be able to go and play in all those positions and play well and I actually like the challenge of it."

Injury fears allayed

Meanwhile Watson has been hampered by a knee injury that has prevented him from playing in trial games but he says he will be good to for round one.

"I missed the trial games with it," he added. "I did it a month ago and got through training all good this week it's sweet."

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