Shiel not the panacea to Bombers’ flag hopes: Watson

SEN - Wed, 10th Oct 2018 - 0 Comments

Essendon champion Tim Watson says one midfielder can’t be the panacea to an entire club’s premiership hopes, in the wake of Dylan Shiel nominating the Bombers as his club of choice.

While acknowledging his happiness that the Dons are in the box seat to acquire Shiel’s services, Watson stopped short of declaring Essendon are instant Grand Final certainties.

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“I think he is a really good player and as an Essendon person, I’m excited by the fact that he chose the Bombers, but one midfielder is not the panacea to your whole premiership aspirations,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.

“Patrick Dangerfield goes from Adelaide to Geelong, they’ve been reasonably successful, but they haven’t won a flag with Patrick Dangerfield.

“Chris Judd, the best midfielder came across from the West Coast Eagles to Carlton, they weren’t able to win a flag in that period of time.


“You need a complement of players.

“You look at the two sides who played off in the Grand Final this year, Collingwood are really deep and have been recruiting for their midfield over a number of years, the West Coast Eagles probably surprised us with the depth of their midfield.”

Greater Western Sydney and the Dons have until next Wednesday night to strike a deal for Shiel.