Gus Gould is one of rugby league’s most vibrant characters with his current role being pundit, journalist and also the top dog at Canterbury Bulldogs with the controversial figure never shy of an opinion, as seen prior to the World Club Challenge when he claimed Penrith ‘could declare by half-time’ in their clash with St Helens.
Gould tweeted that infamous statement and he is always keen to use his Twitter profile to interact with fans, particularly Canterbury fans, as he updates on comings and goings down at Bellmore.
This morning saw Gould update fans with how the recruitment at the club for 2024 had gone but via another outlet he has also confirmed the club’s interest in a man that a Super League side are keen on.
That player is Connor Watson who currently plays for Sydney Roosters but he is off contract for 2024 and that’s prompted the Bulldogs to declare some interest.
The Super League club that are interested in Watson is reportedly Hull FC, as per Hull Live, but they might have a fight on their hands to attract the Roosters man who can play a number of positions but most prominently hooker or lock.
FC are set to lose some key players in their spine next season with Jake Clifford confirmed to return to the NRL, Danny Houghton will be 35 come the start of next season and is currently off contract, whilst Brad Dwyer is another off contract man who has been linked elsewhere.
For the Black and Whites to snag Watson though they will have to beat the Bulldogs’ offer it seems with Channel 9’s Danny Weidler breaking the news of Gould and his side’s interest.
“Connor Watson has been very strongly linked to the Bulldogs,” Weidler stated.
“I believe that he had a medical last week.”
Gould then confirmed: “He is a very good player, and we have spoken to him.
“He is off-contract at the end of the year with the Roosters and it was my mail that he was considering a UK offer. I thought he was too good to be going to the UK at this time.
“I’ve had some conversations with him, I’ve discussed his injury. That’s in the hands of the Roosters at the moment. He is under contract [with] them and they are rehabbing the injury.
“Naturally, if we went forward with some sort of contract talks, we would want some sort of protection that the rehab was done properly and he was right to play next year, but our own medical advice is that he will be right to play next year and should get through it pretty comfortably.”