Jobe well done: Essendon legend Watson announces retirement

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    Essendon Bombers veteran Jobe Watson has announced his retirement from the AFL, with the 2017 to be the last season in a glittering 15-year career.

    Watson, who is one of the best one-club players of the modern era, has played 217 games to date for the Bombers since his debut in 2003. After being picked as No.40 in the draft under the father-son rule, he has gone on to kick 112 goals.

    Should the Bombers miss the finals and if Watson is able to complete the season, he will finish on 220 games. However, with Essendon still very much in the finals race, the midfielder could extend his career by a handful of games.

    The midfielder captained the Bombers for six seasons between 2010 and 2015, was an All Australian in 2012 and 2013 and also part of the team which participated in the 2014 International Rules series against Ireland.

    Watson said he always set out to make the club a better place, but knew this was his last year.

    “I always focused on leaving the club in a better place than I found it and I feel like the club is in that place now,” said Watson.

    “It was a dream of mine to play for Essendon and I’ve lived that dream. From a child who spent my life around the football club to fulfil a dream to play for the club and then to be a captain of the club.

    “I’m content with my career.

    “I have really enjoyed being part of this group with teaching and helping the younger boys,” he added.

    Maybe Watson’s biggest accolade though was being named the best player in the game for 2012, winning the Brownlow Medal. He later handed it back in the wake of the Bombers doping scandal, for which he had already been suspended the entirety of 2016 for.

    Speaking on the Brownlow and suspension, Watson said the medal wasn’t the most important thing to him.

    “The most difficult time was certainly after the WADA finding, having to go through that. The medal didn’t matter to me, it wasn’t important, it was the way in which I played.

    “The guys who were in the same situation with me meant an enormous amount. Part of coming back to footy and what I enjoyed was interacting with my teammates again.”

    He returned for 2017 and has had a solid season with 410 disposals, helping the Bombers into the race for the top eight.

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    • Roar Guru

      August 9th 2017 @ 1:17pm
      Redb said | August 9th 2017 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

      All the best Jobe in life after footy. One of our best ever in and under players.

    • August 9th 2017 @ 1:28pm
      Birdman said | August 9th 2017 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

      Clearly nothing left in the tank so the right call

    • August 9th 2017 @ 1:34pm
      Don Freo said | August 9th 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

      So much classier than the The Tummy Puncher and The Kicking Sniper that got his hand-me-down Medal.

      Great player. Sits 2nd behind St Nicholas of this year’s retirees.

      • August 9th 2017 @ 1:58pm
        Birdman said | August 9th 2017 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

        rubbish Don – classy doesn’t come into it.

        The rightful 2012 Brownlow medalists weren’t proven drug cheats, Jobe on the other hand…..

        • August 9th 2017 @ 2:30pm
          Anthony said | August 9th 2017 @ 2:30pm | ! Report

          …….was not a PROVEN drug cheat

          • August 9th 2017 @ 3:20pm
            Birdman said | August 9th 2017 @ 3:20pm | ! Report

            PROVEN to a level of comfortable satisfaction which is the rolled gold standard of guilt in professional sport

            • August 10th 2017 @ 8:47am
              Christo the Daddyo said | August 10th 2017 @ 8:47am | ! Report

              And the justice system…

        • August 9th 2017 @ 3:10pm
          Mattyb said | August 9th 2017 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

          Watson wasn’t a proven drug cheat. It was all just ‘string and cables’ by WADA to use our small game for their own benifit.
          People are happy to except the verdict because of the biased barracking that happens,instead of looking at the bigger picture.

          Anyway,well done to Watson,he had a bit of a rough ride there. Hopefully his career after footy goes well.

          • August 9th 2017 @ 4:16pm
            CleanSport said | August 9th 2017 @ 4:16pm | ! Report

            So what were they injected with? Remember, they do not know or have chosen to not divulge.

            Sugar coated any way you want, he is a DRUG cheat.

          • August 9th 2017 @ 7:19pm
            Birdman said | August 9th 2017 @ 7:19pm | ! Report

            mattyb – I bet you’re all too happy with WADA when it calls out Russian and Chinese athletes? Double standards it seems.

            • August 9th 2017 @ 7:34pm
              Mattyb said | August 9th 2017 @ 7:34pm | ! Report

              Birdman,I don’t think it’s double standards but I’ll admit I don’t know the finer details in every case. If an athlete is proven guilty I’m more than happy they’re suspended. I just don’t agree with the strands and cables thing. I have strong suspicions our code was used for their own benifit.
              Still think Essendon should have been punished on a governess level,which they were.
              Anyway,happy to disagree but I don’t really like the double standards call.

              CleanSport,exactly,no tests have ever proven them guilty. Excellent use of capitals to for drama effect. It’s a reasonably serious issue,I think drama queen antics just get in the way.

              • August 10th 2017 @ 4:11am
                Nev said | August 10th 2017 @ 4:11am | ! Report

                Lance Armstrong never failed a drug test

              • August 10th 2017 @ 8:47am
                I ate pies said | August 10th 2017 @ 8:47am | ! Report

                It was proven than Lance Armstrong and the bulk of his team was systematically doping over a long period of time, and it was proven what was taken by him and his team. It’s an incorrect comparison.

          • August 9th 2017 @ 7:24pm
            northerner said | August 9th 2017 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

            I’m sorry for Jobe, because I think he’s a class act – but CAS was right and the apologists wrong, and it was more than high time that Australian sports realized they weren’t exempt from WADA rules.

      • August 9th 2017 @ 2:09pm
        Enough already said | August 9th 2017 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

      • August 9th 2017 @ 7:34pm
        While we're at it said | August 9th 2017 @ 7:34pm | ! Report

        Oh look!!! It’s the waaaaaambulance from the West, whinging his way onto another forum, completely off topic yet again. The article wasn’t about “name the best retiree from the AFL this year” Don. How is your bold prediction about Freo winning their last 7 games of the season going? I know it’s not the subject of this article but hell, that never stops you.

        • August 9th 2017 @ 11:08pm
          Don Freo said | August 9th 2017 @ 11:08pm | ! Report

          What an unhappy man you are. How is praising Jobe a whinge?

          Still haven’t seen any football comment from you…ever.

    • August 9th 2017 @ 1:41pm
      jutsie said | August 9th 2017 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

      genuinley gutted but have been expecting this day for a while.

      He may not have been playing during a succesful era for the club but he will always be one of my all time favourite bomber players.

    • August 9th 2017 @ 2:28pm
      The Fatman said | August 9th 2017 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

      Jobe fell out of love with the game after the AFL bungled drugs disaster.

      Watson was hurt by it all more than anyone.

      He was forced to be the public face.

      Remember the booing. Shame on the fans not on Jobe.

      Should never of had to give up his Brownlow.

      It is a sad day

      • August 9th 2017 @ 5:06pm
        Bobbo7 said | August 9th 2017 @ 5:06pm | ! Report

        AFL bungle? I thought it was Hird, Dank and EFC that drugged the cattle before the dog ate the records.

        • August 10th 2017 @ 8:49am
          Christo the Daddyo said | August 10th 2017 @ 8:49am | ! Report

          No – the club is innocent! The players are innocent!! It’s everyone outside Essendon’s fault!

          Isn’t that the standard Essendon fan’s rhetoric?

    • August 9th 2017 @ 2:32pm
      Pope Paul VII said | August 9th 2017 @ 2:32pm | ! Report

      I’ll always be disappointed that his parents weren’t courageous enough to go with the biblical spelling of his name.

      • August 9th 2017 @ 3:31pm
        Slane said | August 9th 2017 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

        Your posts are my favourite. In my opinion, Job was always a bit of a jobber till he got his jab.

        • August 9th 2017 @ 5:33pm
          Pope Paul VII said | August 9th 2017 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

          Thanks Slaney and he sure was.

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