Melbourne guilty of gifting Jack Watts games: Blight

SEN - Tue, 5th Feb 2019 - 0 Comments

Malcolm Blight says Melbourne were guilty of gifting Jack Watts games purely based on his age and talent.

Watts, 27, played 152 games at the Demons over nine seasons but never reached his full potential after being selected with pick No.1 in the 2008 AFL Draft.

“I saw this at the Gold Coast Suns and what you do with a young group, you end up giving them games they don’t deserve,” Blight told SEN’s Whateley.

“This player (Jack Watts), and a lot are like him over the history of the game, get games because they’re young and they’ve got some talent, so we’ll give him some games.

“I think that’s the poorest thing a coach could do and a club could do.

“I think the Melbourne Football Club was guilty of that, like a lot of other clubs have been, including the Gold Coast Suns, because there were 30 18-year-olds.

“Don’t count the games, make the games count has been said for years."

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The dual Adelaide premiership coach has been highly critical of Watts' professionalism after a video emerged of him snorting a white power at Oktoberfest last year, which was later found not to be illegal.

Watts was traded to Port Adelaide in 2017 and played 19 games in his debut season for the Power.

Listen to Malcolm Blight’s chat on SEN’s Whaletey with Gerard Whateley in the player below