The mystery and speculation around Essendon Bombers player Jobe Watson is over. He announced this morning that he will play in the 2017 season.
Watson was one of the 34 players who were found guilty of doping in a scandal that engulfed the sport, and has now returned after serving a season ban. As a 200-game player the 31-year-old’s return will be a massive boost to his former team, increasing Essendon’s title hopes.
At the press conference, Watson announced he is delighted with his decision to re-commit.
“I’m really excited to be back at the Essendon Football Club and I’m ready to play at the highest level.
I’m really happy and content with the decision that I’ve made.
I never contemplated going anywhere else (to a different club),” Watson said.
Watson also commented on the time he spent in New York during his suspension from professional football, saying it was about opening himself up to new experiences including a stint as a barista.
“I was really fortunate, I was living in New York with a flatmate, I was able to open up to and be honest with about how I was feeling.
“I struggled (as a barista) … almond milk is a nightmare to work with,” he joked. “It was really fun.”
Watson took to Twitter, taking a photo of his dog and asking kindly for his boots back.
He mate, I'm going to need to borrow these back off you pic.twitter.com/gVuFeypgdm
— Jobe Watson (@JobeWatson) September 22, 2016
It is highly expected he will become the skipper of Essendon. – Jesse Mullens
Photo of Jobe Watson from the Essendon Bombers website.