World News – UA – Jack Watts retires from football


No 20081 draft pick Jack Watts retired, while two Gold Coast Suns players also canceled careers

Watts, 29, played 174 games in 12 seasons, moving from Melbourne to Port Adelaide ahead of the 2018 campaign

He played 21 games for Port Adelaide but broke his leg in the second round of 2019 and has not played since

« I have been thinking long and hard about my future for quite some time and am considering my retirement, » Watts said

« Since my injury, I feel my body has let me down and I am struggling with the physical and mental demands necessary to regain the required level of fitness at AFL level

« Speaking with Ken [Hinkley] and Chris [Davies] and my manager over the past few weeks, I feel like the right decision to step away and look for new challenges in the next phase of my life

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« I feel lucky to have spent 12 years in the game and while there were challenges there were also some amazing memories in Melbourne and Port Adelaide

« I am very grateful for all the opportunities and experiences that footy has given me and the friendships that I will take with me away from the game

Horlin-Smith spent eight seasons at Geelong and two at the Suns while Miles played for GWS, Richmond and the Suns starting in 2012

« I probably haven’t had your typical 10 year career, but I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities my background has given me, » said Miles

Horlin-Smith said: « My time in Geelong has given me a host of experiences, including my first game, but I also want to thank the Suns for the opportunity they have given me to pursue my career »

The Suns have also announced that they have written off seven players. Former Tiger Corey Ellis, Josh Schoenfeld, Mitch Riordan, Sam Fletcher, Jesse Joyce, Jacob Dawson and Jacob Heron have all been dropped

Jack Watts

World News – UA – Jack Watts retires from football


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