Nine years ago, Jack Watts had the world at his feet after being taken as the first selection in the National Draft, ahead of the likes of Nic Naitanui and Steele Sidebottom. Laden with high expectation, the Brighton Grammar product quickly became a much-maligned player as his on-field efforts were questioned. Despite showing better signs in recent years, becoming well-renowned for his ball use, Watts fell out of favour with new coach Simon Goodwin. Nearly a decade of life as a Demon has seen the “good bloke” pushed out the door as Alberton awaits.
A move interstate is certain to take the Victorian outside of his comfort zone, but he may just be arriving into Adelaide at the right time, with Port’s 2016 finals side being bolstered by the inclusions of Tom Rockliff, Steven Motlop and himself. Watts is expected to be part of an increasingly dangerous Power forward line where his forward pressure and kicking skills will add to their potency. However, with his height, Watts could be used in a variety of roles, perhaps as an intercept player down back or on a wing.
Despite being highly rated as a junior, Watts hasn’t ever really been able to make a difference in the world of fantasy football. His highest ever SuperCoach season average is 85, and it’s hard to see any major improvement, despite a new lease of life. But Watt’s ball use and pressure could create opportunities for his teammates and it’s fair to say guys like Charlie Dixon, Chad Wingard and Robbie Gray will be licking their lips whenever Watts is delivering the ball inside 50.
As previously stated, Watts has never been properly relevant in Fantasyland and it’s hard to see that suddenly changing. The only way imaginable for the 26-year-old to become a more consistent scorer is to drift across half-back and use his marking and kicking to his team’s advantage.