Matthew Watson (footballer born 1992)
|Full name||Matthew Watson|
|Date of birth||16 July 1992|
|Original team(s)||Pascoe Vale (EDFL)
Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
|Draft||No. 18, 2010 National Draft, Carlton|
|Height / weight||195 cm / 101 kg|
|Position(s)||Defender / Forward|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
A key position player, Watson began his career primarily as a tall defender, then later transitioned into a forward. Originally from Victoria, Watson attended and played school football for Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School and Pascoe Vale. He played TAC Cup football for the Calder Cannons. He represented Vic Metro at the 2008 AFL Under 16 Championships and 2010 AFL Under 18 Championships, where he was selected as a defender in the Under 18 All-Australian team.
Watson was recruited by the Carlton Football Club with its first round selection in the 2010 AFL National Draft (number 18 overall). He was given the number 10 guernsey. He made his AFL debut in Round 2, 2011 against Gold Coast, in what was the first game played by the new Gold Coast franchise. Watson played a total of three matches for Carlton in his debut season, and played mostly for its VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants (later the Northern Blues).
He played sporadically for Carlton over his five years on the senior list, playing a total of 23 games. His highest return was eight senior matches in 2012. He never won a regular position in the senior team, and was delisted at the conclusion of the 2015 season. He played 69 games and kicked 44 goals for the Northern Blues/Bullants during that time.
Watson is the nephew of Essendon premiership player Steven Alessio. He became known at Carlton for his long, accurate left-footed kicks out of defence, and as a result, Carlton fans would shout "woof!" whenever Watson kicked the ball: Watson was the fourth long-kicking left-footed Carlton player to receive this traditional treatment, after Val Perovic in the 1980s, Ang Christou in the 1990s and Chris Bryan in the 2000s.
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