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Watts set to stay at Melbourne

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Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson

Staying with the Demons: Jack Watts.

Staying with the Demons: Jack Watts. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Out-of-contract Melbourne utility Jack Watts is expected to stick with the Demons in the wake of Paul Roos' appointment as senior coach.

It is understood that the 2008 No.1 pick, who has met Roos, has indicated he will remain at Melbourne rather than seek a trade to another club. A number of clubs had been eyeing off Watts, including Carlton, whose coach Mick Malthouse mentored Watts last year during the veteran coach's year off coaching.

Roos had been on record in his desire to retain Watts and free agent Colin Sylvia. Watts was waiting to see who would be the senior coach before making a decision on his future, though it has not been the only consideration.

Saints' target: Josh Bruce, seen chatting to teammate Dylan Shiel, is in St Kilda's sights.

Saints' target: Josh Bruce, seen chatting to teammate Dylan Shiel, is in St Kilda's sights. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

St Kilda has targeted two key defenders in a bid to shore up its defence, with young Giant Josh Bruce and North Melbourne's Luke Delaney both offered contracts by the Saints.

Bruce has told the Giants he wants to leave and to be traded to St Kilda. Delaney also informed North Melbourne last week that he wanted to explore options at other clubs for more opportunities and has had a three-year deal offered by the Saints, who have been open about their wish to find a key defender, having pursued West Coast's Mitch Brown in the trade period last year. Brown re-signed with the Eagles this year.

Bruce, 21, recruited by Greater Western Sydney out of Canberra, played 11 games with the Giants this year.

North's Luke Delaney lays a tackle on Richmond's Shane Edwards.

North's Luke Delaney lays a tackle on Richmond's Shane Edwards. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

St Kilda's all-Australian midfielder Nick Dal Santo remains technically out of contract but has satisfied certain trigger clauses in his last contract. Reaching those benchmarks means Dal Santo must be given a contract for next year - and a lucrative one - unless he and the club agree to waive the deal, making him a free agent.

Dal Santo and St Kilda have yet to determine whether he will stay at Seaford.

Richmond has told out-of-contract small forward Robin Nahas that it will test the trade market with him and would not stand in his way if he found another home. The Tigers are unlikely to re-sign Nahas should no other club be tempted by the lightly framed forward.

Richmond also has yet to recommit to young player Brad Helbig. He is managed by Greg Size of Deliver Sports Management, who said he was keen to stay at Punt Road. Size said several other clubs had expressed interest in him as a big-bodied midfielder.

Melbourne and Collingwood are among a number of Victorian clubs that have had Greater Western Sydney's Taylor Adams in their sights, in the expectation that he will leave the Giants and seek a trade back home.

The Cats also are a potential suitor for the midfielder, a former Geelong Falcon.

Carlton small forward Eddie Betts is yet to re-sign and could join Adelaide or North Melbourne as a restricted free agent.

Betts performed in the elimination final against the Tigers in what was one of his better games in a season interrupted by a broken jaw.

13 comments

  • The first thing Paul Roos needs to show Jack Watts is some grass and dirt and explain to him that playing AFL requires you get some on your nice clean uniform.

    Commenter
    Captain Grumpy
    Location
    Kingsville
    Date and time
    September 11, 2013, 9:36AM
    • Good call Grumpy, it will be a big achievement for PR to make a man of him. Personally, Watts is very very over rated. I am surprised PR wishes to retain him.

      Commenter
      Red
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 10:49AM
    • The first thing Paul Roos needs to show Jack Watts is some dirt and explain to him that that is where Spuds grow!

      Commenter
      blerg!
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 10:57AM
  • I hope you stay Jack, with Roos as your new coach and some real hard work in the gym and building up of your upper body you will become a force in the future, perhaps in the mold of Pendlebury with your agility.

    Commenter
    GB
    Date and time
    September 11, 2013, 10:57AM
    • Maybe PR transplant a heart as well? I doubt Pendlebury will surrender his. Neddy in the VFL, WAFL and SANFL he would still have to play against men. He is a schoolboy footballer.

      Commenter
      Red
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 11:36AM
  • Smart move by Watts to stay at Melbourne as his choice to seek a trade would bring him undone pretty quickly, i cant see too many clubs lining up for his services, maybe a VFL, WAFL or SANFL, but thats about it....

    Commenter
    Neddysmith
    Date and time
    September 11, 2013, 10:59AM
    • He could umpire in Auskick at half time at the G. You would expect him to play against them.... Too rough!

      Commenter
      Jackcrap
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 11:52AM
  • Melbourne has a good team, terrible culture.

    Roos will be very helpful with getting the Dees back on track.

    Having successive 'Green' coaches with their own ideologies has been pretty destructive for the club... Really the only way is up after the 2013 season?

    Watts is electric, he will stay and once the coach leaves him in one position to learn his craft he will be of great benefit for the MFC (Throwing him down back when the side is 10 goals down doesnt help)

    Only way is up Dees fans!

    Commenter
    BKMDave
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    September 11, 2013, 11:38AM
    • This is meant for Jack Watts, I notice a lack of interest in him, trade him while he has some value. It will be revealed, even under Roos he is not up to standard! As mentioned BKMDave, culture! I see only Geelong and Sydney having professional culture within the AFL. The AFL is an industry, it is run like a bushy operation. The AFL should be leading the culture. The stench of a rotting fish begins at the head!
      Good luck to Melbourne in snaring Roos, there maybe a third professional club within the AFL, shortly? The next move for our code is for Roos to take over the AFL head job. Then we may start to see real culture, professionalism, integrity and leadership!

      Commenter
      Bushy
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 12:30PM
    • "Watts is electric"...surely you mean eclectic or maybe eccentric but not electric!
      He wouldn't fire up with 40,000 volts running through him.

      Commenter
      Captain Grumpy
      Location
      Kingsville
      Date and time
      September 11, 2013, 2:12PM

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