The former number one pick has had a much-maligned career as he has struggled to live up to the lofty expectations that follow him. He didn’t have a great season in 2017 either, finishing 21st in Melbourne’s Best and Fairest. Melbourne sees themselves playing finals in the coming years and with the continued development of Christian Petracca along with Tom McDonald and Cam Pedersen’s successful forays forward this year, Watts may not be in their best 22 and the Demons are looking to move him on while he still holds some trade value.
PLAYER TRADE VALUE: Second-round pick.
POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS: Geelong and Port Adelaide lead the race for Watts but it is believed that Sydney is keen on the Melbourne utility also. Watts has toured both Alberton (Port Adelaide) and Kardinia Park (Geelong) over the last week but has yet to make a decision on which club is his preferred destination. Port Adelaide could do with some classy entries inside forward 50 and Watts, playing on a wing, will provide that as well as a target forward alongside Charlie Dixon and the emerging Todd Marshall. It’s less clear how Watts will be used at Geelong who has a plethora of tall utilities including Mark Blicavs and Rhys Stanley but the Cats are desperate to improve their scoring power and develop a functional forward line and Watts could help there.
MOST LIKELY LANDING SPOT: If you ask one half of the AFL media contingent, he’s a lock to declare Port Adelaide his preferred club, the other half will tell you it’s Geelong. Although Watts initially wanted to remain in the state, his position on this has since softened. At this stage, it’s anyone’s guess.