Halfback progressing quickly as a playmaker for Valleys

STEPPING UP: Aaron Watson spreads the ball wide in Valleys’ win over Wallabys. The halfback has found himself filling the big shoes of Casey McGuire, a difficult task he is slowly coming to terms with.
STEPPING UP: Aaron Watson spreads the ball wide in Valleys’ win over Wallabys. The halfback has found himself filling the big shoes of Casey McGuire, a difficult task he is slowly coming to terms with. Mike Richards

HALFWAY through his second season with the Valleys Diehards, Aaron Watson is starting to feel settled into the halves combination he shares with Tamati Davis.

Having been led around the park by the vast experience of Casey McGuire last season, the two playmakers are this year being challenged to find dominance themselves.

Watson has shown he has the ability to fill the role, leading his side to a 20-point victory at home over Wallabys on Sunday.

"The good thing about the club is that we are a family," Watson said.

"Without Casey it is still working.

"The season started a bit slow in attack. Our combinations were not working well."

The halfback feels he is progressing quickly though, and has predicted Valleys will reign in the front-runners Brothers and take the premiership.

Coming to Gladstone from Bundaberg via Perth, he has played the right level of rugby league to know where his side stands.

"I played a couple of seasons in Perth," he said. "It is a pretty good comp, equivalent to Brisbane first division."

Now Watson juggles work on QCLNG with his rugby league.

"It is pretty much from when you leave home to footy training, a 15- or 16-hour day," he laughed.

Valleys v Wallabys

  • U18: Valleys 44 d Wallabys 20
  • Reserves: Valleys 33 d Wallabys 12
  • A-grade: Valleys 36 d Wallabys 16