Essendon 'fully expect' Watson return


Joel Brooks

Sam McClure and John Worsfold.

Sam McClure and John Worsfold.

Essendon coach John Worsfold has cleared up any confusion regarding the future of Jobe Watson, and it's good news for Bombers fans.

The club expects Watson to play on next year as planned, however his excitement for the return has been tested due to the extra toll of the Brownlow medal situation he was forced to deal with.

Speaking on 3AW's Sports Today, Worsfold says Watson missed out on the initial buzz the returning players had at their first day back at training. 

"When he ran out for training the very first Monday back at the club, guys like David Myers, Cale Hooker, Tom Bellchambers and Hepp (Dyson Heppell), that was all a fresh start for them," Worsfold said.

"That was all a fresh start for them, they were all pumped and ready to go and Jobe was still carrying the weight of this massive decision.

"Quite openly Jobe said to me 'I'm not as excited about being back here as I thought I would be this week', and I said mate, that's understandable."

Worsfold said the club is rapt to have Watson back and they 'fully expect' he will don the sash next year.

It's an exciting time for the club as it moves forward from the saga that as weighed it down for so long. Today Essendon hosted its fans for a twilight training session where the full squad participated.

On Friday night Essendon holds the number one draft pick, which Worsfold says the club has made its mind on who they will pick.

It is expected that Andrew McGrath will be the name read out, however Worsfold did not give any hints whether that is correct.

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