AFL: Essendon Bombers’ Jobe Watson 2 Week Ultimatum
Jobe Watson has been told he needs to make a call on his playing future within a fortnight.
Jobe Watson has been given an ultimatum on his decision whether or not to return to Essendon Bombers after being part of 17 players who were caught up in the doping scandal which saw them being banned for a year.
The champion midfielder has been on a long break overseas whereby he has been pondering his return to the club. Unlike much of his team mates, his suspension has ended already meaning he is free to use the facilities at the club, however, he has yet to do so. Such radio silence is seemingly frustrating the club and they are rightly looking for a decision on whether or not he is to return to the club.
None moreso than coach John Worsfold who has voiced his request for a decision within a fortnight merely a day previous.
However, he is confident that Watson will provide his decision sooner. Watson was an instrumental figure in the club and will continue to be so if he chooses to stay. However, he will be a very large and difficult person to replace if the 2012 Brownlow Medal winner no longer features in the list.
There appears to be no concern over Watson’s time spent away from the game, he has kept himself competition ready, physically he looks good and mentally Watson seems to be in the right frame of mind to continue with his playing career.
Watson has also garnered further experiences he would have not necessarily gained if had he not received his suspension.
However, Watson must be 100% committed to the game and the club should he return for what could be a challenging 12 or 24 months ahead.
The majority of those who were involved in the injecting program who were subsequently suspended have been awarded contract extensions and have returned to training. Watson’s contract is until 2017 and an additional year would almost be granted to extend this, provided he wants it.
However, the decision needs to be made over his captaincy and whether he should retain it if he returns to the game and club considering this was awarded during the injection program era. His Brownlow medal is also under scrutiny as this too was also awarded while the injection program was in full swing which administered the banned drug thymosin beta-4 to 34 former and current players.
These matters will be concluded once the Swiss Federal Court makes a call on the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision.
There’s a lot of hope for Watson who is a 200 game veteran to return and play alongside Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish and Dyson Heppell.