Frustrating Watson has stage to showcase talents against Bulls

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HUNSLET HAWKS boss Barry Eaton reckons full-back Jimmy Watson has the potential to play in Super League.

The former Leeds Rhinos academy player has been in outstanding form for Hawks this year.

He will get another chance to showcase his talent in tomorrow’s home game against Kingstone Press Championship leaders Bradford Bulls (3pm).

“He frustrates the life out of me,” said Eaton of Watson, who produced a string of try-saving tackles and scored a touchdown in last weekend’s loss to Featherstone Rovers. “He does some of the things we saw last week and you think ‘wow, what a player’. He is still young and he does sometimes lack a bit of consistency in terms of being in the right position all the time, but he is still developing his game.

“He has contributed outstandingly well to some of our offensive quality, as well as some of the defensive stuff he does. I know he has had some admirers at the top end of the Championship this year, but he has signed for us for next season, so it’s a hands-off.”

Eaton admitted Featherstone’s midweek win at Bradford did not do Hunslet any favours. He said: “Their coach, Jimmy Lowes, will be seething. The players will probably have copped a bit and we could be in for a backlash, but it is probably our biggest home game in recent times.

“We are just focusing on making sure we give a good account of ourselves and put in a good performance. We are in decent form and we have been playing some good stuff, though we need to be tougher defensively.”

Tickets will be on sale on Sunday and Eaton added: “It is a big occasion, Bradford have been averaging 2,000 fans away, so that will go a long way to filling our stand, which holds 3,000. But, hopefully, we’ll have some good support of our own. We have been getting good backing lately and I am sure they will be out-singing the Bradford fans.”

Gary Thornton has previously coached Batley Bulldogs, Doncaster and York City Knights

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