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

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Hardly played forward as a junior, recruited as a defender. Seems like we are clutching at straws trying to find a spot for him.
Maj had never played in the backline before, have a bit of faith. Good luck to Declan, he's a smart footballer and looks like he has the pace to a be a forward.
 

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Very strange move

Never played forward and coming off a knee it’s best to play in defence than forward line.
I wonder if he'll go back now.

Expect to see Mckay playing a full season in the seniors now.

That leaves durds coming off injury playing FB? Declan can lock-in chb. He needs to be ready to replace Thompson post his retirement.
 

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I wonder if he'll go back now.

Expect to see Mckay playing a full season in the seniors now.

That leaves durds coming off injury playing FB? Declan can lock-in chb. He needs to be ready to replace Thompson post his retirement.
You’d think EVW would have to play on more talls next season
 

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Round one suspension, but it is questionable who he replaces if B Mac goes well.
I get the feeling and hope , that if you find yourself out you need to find yourself back in - either through form or others failure.

I wouldn’t think Thomo is a given for round two unless he is seen as best 22 Thst week.

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Declan Watson was prominent his his first hit-out after he missed the entire 2018 season with an ACL injury, but showed why he was taken quite highly in the 2016 draft.

Recruited as a defender, Watson is focusing on developing his forward craft this summer, and showed natural ability inside the forward 50, taking strong marks and hitting the scoreboard.


 

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Declan Watson was prominent his his first hit-out after he missed the entire 2018 season with an ACL injury, but showed why he was taken quite highly in the 2016 draft.

Recruited as a defender, Watson is focusing on developing his forward craft this summer, and showed natural ability inside the forward 50, taking strong marks and hitting the scoreboard.


Interesting development. Can't figure out if this says more about him or McKay and their confidence that he will be an anchor in the backline for at least a few years.
 

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Didn’t play today? Wasn’t mentioned in the most recent injury list either. Curious as to what’s going on with him.
It’s pretty incredible the cloak and daggers going on at the club at the moment with regard to injuries.
 

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Just needs a bit of luck. Missing 12 months doesn't help obviuously, then after a reasonable preseason the spot opens up for him up forward, and he manages to get injured again, just when he'd probably get a game ahead of Campbell early in the season. Now that Larkey is doing well, it will be harder for him again, but needs to be pushing in case the spot opens up again.
 

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Some nice movement there in that highlights video.

Would be interested who his direct opponent was. The Geelong talls had a bit of an impact with Fort & Schlensog kicked 3, while Buzza kicked 2.
 
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