Player Watch #35: Declan Watson - re-signed until end of 2019

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Upped his training considerably over the last few weeks. Lots of straight line running ect now.

Might see him on the field later on in the year the way he is progressing.
Great news. But I'd be happy to see him rehab all year and be ready day 1 of pre season.
 

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Have a feeling he might be one of the sacrifces on the list season end. We have so many key defenders, especially with majak now being apart of that set up. See how he goes
 

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I have to say, I know absolutely nothing about Watson. What I will say is, going by the above photo, he’s one impressive looking specimen. That’s a fair start, given he was good enough to land a deal with an AFL club. Now, the question is, can he step up like just about everybody else on our list has this season? Best of luck to him.


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I have to say, I know absolutely nothing about Watson. What I will say is, going by the above photo, he’s one impressive looking specimen. That’s a fair start, given he was good enough to land a deal with an AFL club. Now, the question is, can he step up like just about everybody else on our list has this season? Best of luck to him.
From his brief showings at VFL level he's looked just as impressive on ground, much as a Tom Murphy type is being lauded now. No doubt he's up against it but the potential is there if he can stay healthy. I wish the kid well also.
 

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I have to say, I know absolutely nothing about Watson. What I will say is, going by the above photo, he’s one impressive looking specimen. That’s a fair start, given he was good enough to land a deal with an AFL club. Now, the question is, can he step up like just about everybody else on our list has this season? Best of luck to him.


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I'd say we envisage him as a Scott Thompson clone. A bit of a tweener KPD/third tall, but with a strong intercept game.
 

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I hope he proves me wrong, but really one of the more baffling picks in recent times.

Considering we took Durdin, EVW and McKay all in the previous couple of drafts. KPD was really low on the priority list.

Kobe Mutch and Jack Graham were both available, both linked to us pre-draft, both u/18 AA's, Graham was the Larke medalist, both right in our spot.


Both also look like becoming really handy players. Graham more so.


Just really strange to dip into QLD so much over a couple of drafts. Not to say they never produce them, but the odds of getting an elite player out of QLD is very remote. Especially 2 in consecutive picks.
 
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I hope he proves me wrong, but really one of the more baffling picks in recent times.

Considering we took Durdin, EVW and McKay all in the previous couple of drafts. KPD was really low on the priority list.

Kobe Mutch and Jack Graham were both available, both linked to us pre-draft, both u/18 AA's, Graham was the Larke medalist, both right in our spot.


Both also look like becoming really handy players. Graham more so.


Just really strange to dip into QLD so much over a couple of drafts. Not to say they never produce them, but the odds of getting an elite player out of QLD is very remote. Especially 2 in consecutive picks.
The fast turnaround on Wagner ie gone by end of mandatory contract term was validating of a tighter list management process but possibly damning of the urge to get him in the first place. His ball handling issues (no not a euphemism) were evident in the draft highlights vids and were never resolved.
 

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The fast turnaround on Wagner ie gone by end of mandatory contract term was validating of a tighter list management process but possibly damning of the urge to get him in the first place. His ball handling issues (no not a euphemism) were evident in the draft highlights vids and were never resolved.
It wasn't just Wagner.

We've taken Josh Williams, Declan Watson, Corey Wagner out of QLD, as well as Preuss.

It's a disproportionate number in reality.
 
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It wasn't just Wagner.

We've taken Josh Williams, Declan Watson, Corey Wagner out of QLD, as well as Preuss.

It's a disproportionate number in reality.
Preuss was a rookie hit at a project player which from afar seems a reasonable punt.

Anecdotally the others felt overvalued and we seemed over-eager on making academy bids.

However reviewing some phantom drafts from the time all the Qlders we took in the ND rated thereabouts give or take about 10 picks by others prior.
 
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Preuss was a rookie hit at a project player which from afar seems a reasonable punt.

Anecdotally the others felt overvalued and we seemed over-eager on making academy bids.

However reviewing some phantom drafts from the time all the Qlders we took in the ND rated thereabouts give or take about 10 picks by others prior.
Plus Cat B Rookie Tom Jeffries who was a Brisbane schoolboy prior to joining Princeton University as a rower.
 
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Plus Cat B Rookie Tom Jeffries who was a Brisbane schoolboy prior to joining Princeton University as a rower.
Good point. Rate that one in the Preuss category, speculative rookie punt on a kid with some potentially elite physical traits.
 
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