The legendary Newcastle halfback besides says "it's disappointing arsenic a erstwhile Knights player", aft Watson penned a two-year woody with the Tricolours worthy a reported $300,000 per year.
Watson finalised a woody that volition reunite him with the Roosters aft this season, contempt the Knights reportedly presenting a three-year declaration worthy $350,000 a year.
"If the rumours are true, that he's signed for the Roosters for little money, it's worrying," Johns told Wide World of Sports' Immortal Behaviour.
"Connor is truthful versatile, helium tin play immoderate position, I mean immoderate position, from fullback to beforehand row, he's that cleanable 14 jersey which is truthful important.
"So personally, I'm truly disappointed he's leaving the Knights."
Watson spent his archetypal 2 seasons successful the NRL with the Roosters, playing nether manager Trent Robinson successful 2016 and 2017.
But he's been astatine the Knights ever since, racking up 62 games successful 4 years and bouncing backmost from an injury-plagued 2020 to carve retired an awesome 2021.
"I cognize helium loves surviving up there," Johns said.
"He lives with Kalyn (Ponga), obviously.
"And he's precise fashionable amongst the fans. And that's important successful Newcastle; you person the transportation betwixt the nine and the fans.
"And connected the field, I deliberation he's been Newcastle's astir accordant player. I deliberation he's recovered his niche playing successful the mediate of the tract with the quicker ruck and the six-to-go. I deliberation he's been 1 of the Knights' best.
"It's disappointing arsenic a erstwhile Knights subordinate (that Watson is leaving)."
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