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Selection 1: Jack Watts

Jack Watts
Watch highlights of Jack Watts in action

DOB: 26/3/91
Height: 195cm
Weight: 83kg
Club: Sandringham U18/Brighton Grammar

Bio: Watts is an athletic, strong-marking tall forward with pace who is an excellent shot on goal. He represented Vic Metro in 2008, winning the Larke Medal and All-Australian honours.

Jason McCartney says:
He's super quick, very athletic and that's the basketball background coming through. I'd seen bits and pieces [of him], but to see him play centre half-forward in the first game of the championships and the surety of his hands and the way he controls the footy sometimes was amazing. He has good decision-making, but the mark he took with a minute-and-a-half left in that game – he was three or four deep in the pack but he just clunked it and went back and kicked the goal that won the game. He's a super-intelligent kid and what we found was that what we were delivering to the other kids he finds a bit boring and mundane, so you have to challenge him.


NAB AFL Under 18 Championships
Team Mt K HB D M HO T G
Vic Metro 5 8.2 3.0 11.2 4.2 0.6 1.4 3.0

Draft Camp highlights:

2nd agility test 8.03sec
2nd 20m sprint 2.82sec
=5th standing vertical jump 70cm
=7th repeat sprints (six x 30m sprints) 25.44sec

In his own words

What sort of player are you?
I tend to play mostly as a mobile, tall forward but I also played a bit off half-back in both the AIS and Sandy Dragons games.

I think I am a good kick on both sides of my body and that can help provide options when in traffic.

I need to get a stronger body and need to get fitter.

Which AFL team do you support?
None really. Over a period I have followed the Sydney Swans, Bombers, Saints and Cats.

Which AFL player do you feel you most resemble?
When I get bigger, I would hope I can play with the best attributes that players like Nick Riewoldt, Adam Goodes and Dean Cox have. A couple of extra inches height and about 15kg in weight would be handy.