Australian Football Live West Coast Eagles vs Melbourne Demons JLT Series Stream AFL 2017 Pre Seasons Week 04 match will be kick off at Domain Stadium, Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia, Thursday 09 March 2017 online, 17.40 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The much-maligned Watts had been overlooked for his side’s first two JLT Community Series fixtures, with new coach Simon Goodwin making it clear the 25-year-old needed to take his game to a new level before earning selection.
Watts was picked to make his first appearance for 2017 against the Eagles at Domain Stadium tomorrow night and checked in with his teammates at Melbourne airport this morning.
Jack Trengove, Dom Tyson and Colin Garland were also selected to have their first runs of the pre-season series.
Jones said Watts, who finished fifth in Melbourne’s best-and-fairest last season, had responded well after being challenged over recent weeks.
“The role of our coaches is to continually push our players to get better, both individually and as a team, and Wattsy was encouraged to take another step,” Jones said.
“Being in the system as long as he had and performing as strong as he did last year, we still see there being a lot of potential in Wattsy getting even better as a player.
“I think that was the message from the time he reviewed his season proper last year and got back into pre-season (training).
“He was under no illusions that we were expecting him to get better again and continue to strive to improve.“I think Goody’s just taken the approach that he sees a lot of potential in Wattsy, he’s supporting him and encouraging him, but at the same time he’s pushing him to get better.”
West Coast Eagles:1. 1. Sam Mitchell, 2. Mark LeCras, 3. Andrew Gaff, 4. Dom Sheed, 5. Brad Sheppard, 6. Elliot Yeo, 7. Chris Masten, 8. Jack Redden, 11. Matthew Priddis, 12. Sharrod Wellingham, 13. Luke Shuey, 15. Jamie Cripps, 16. Eric Mackenzie, 17. Josh Kennedy, 19. Nathan Vardy, 20. Jeremy McGovern, 21. Drew Petrie, 22. Jonathan Giles, 23. Lewis Jetta, 25. Shannon Hurn, 27. Jack Darling, 28. Tom Cole, 30. Jackson Nelson, 31. Will Schofield, 33. Josh Hill, 34. Mark Hutchings, 37. Tom Barrass
Notable absentees: Nic Naitanui, Liam Duggan, Sam Butler, Scott Lycett
Melbourne Demons: 1. Jesse Hogan, 2. Nathan Jones, 3. Christian Salem, 4. Jack Watts, 5. Christian Petracca, 6. Jordan Lewis, 7. Jack Viney, 9. Jack Trengove, 10. Angus Brayshaw, 11. Max Gawn, 12. Dom Tyson, 13. Clayton Oliver, 15. Billy Stretch, 18. Jake Melksham, 20. Colin Garland, 23. Bernie Vince, 25. Tom McDonald, 26. Sam Weideman, 28. Oscar McDonald, 29. Jayden Hunt, 30. Alex Neal-Bullen, 32. Tomas Bugg, 33. Jake Spencer, 43. James Harmes
Notable absentees: Michael Hibberd, Dean Kent, Cam Pedersen, Aaron vandenBerg, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Jeff Garlett, Neville Jetta