Former Essendon captain Jobe Watson has just announced that he will retire at season’s end. Therefor ending a 14-season career overshadowed by the Bombers’ supplements saga and an awkward
lost return of his Brownlow medal.
Jobe Watson’s Career
Jobe Watson is a strong-bodied midfielder with clean hands and elite hand-balling ability.
The son of former Essendon great, Tim, Watson was drafted under the father-son rule in 2002. He picked up two disposals in his debut in 2003. But he has since established himself as one of the leading players in the competition across a 200 game career.
Watson was Captain of the Bombers from 2010-2016, before handing over the leadership to Dyson Heppell ahead of the 2017 season.
Watson is a three-time Crichton Medal winner and two-time All-Australian.
The Supplements Saga
Jobe Watson was one of 34 past and present Essendon players given a 12-month ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in January 2016 for an anti-doping rule violation, the use of banned substance thymosin beta-4.
“It’s time to retire and move on,” Watson said earlier today.
Watson did mention that the supplements saga had been really difficult to deal with, and most likely the biggest challenge of his career.
“There is probably hurt associated with it,” he said.
“When you get inflicted like that with that sort of pain invariably the way you feel about something changes and that is how it feels to me.”
Jobe Watson to retire at season’s end
During the press conference at 12:30 today, Watson paid tribute to his father Tim, saying he used him as a role model throughout his career.
“There is always of behaving [on and off the field] and I feel like that will be part of my legacy,” Watson said.
We wish you all the best in your future endeavours Jobe. I know the guys in the video below will miss you dearly.
by Ed Toussaint – contributor