Matthew Watson (Calder Cannons/Vic Metro) - Draft Profile

194/99 key defender
Capable of sustaining a ranking of 3-10

Selling points are his reading of the play and ball flight, left foot kicking depth, accuracy and reliability, vision/decision making with the ball, bodywork and strength, overhead and pack marking ability

Clean hands at ground level, very handy makeshift ruckman in defensive 50, spoiling technique is sound

Natural style is to back his ability to read the play better than his opponent rather than playing tightly.

He isn’t athletic in terms of pace or agility - I would say about average for a key position player - there might be a slight concern over his pace off the mark for a defender.

Query over one-sidedness (haven’t seen him use his right foot) and consistency of defensive accountability (plays too loose and own his own terms at times - maybe that is the price you have to pay for his offensive ability?)

I envisage him becoming at least a good key defender and quite possibly one of the competitions leading tall defenders that will require his opponent to be more defensively conscious, however he will need to improve his defensive game if he is to reach that sort of level.

He's best suited to playing on the second or third best opposition tall so he can use his offensive rebounding to better effect rather than having to focus too much energy defensively.

Just about at his ideal playing weight – ready to impact from day 1.

2010 AA U18, 2010 TAC Cup TOTY

2010 TAC Cup (10 games, 5 bests) 18D, 5M, 2HO, 1G, 1B
2009 TAC Cup (13 games, 2 bests) 12D, 2M
2008 TAC Cup (4 games, 1 best) 7D, 3M

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