Football: West Coast add Claremont’s Francis Watson to playing list

Football: West Coast add Claremont’s Francis Watson to playing list

CLAREMONT player Francis Watson has been added to the final position on the West Coast Eagles player list.

The 21-year-old was recruited last week as a category B rookie through the recently formed Next Generation Academy System.

The defender follows East Perth player Tarir Bayok, an explosive midfielder of Sudanese heritage, as a rookie to be listed with West Coast under the new AFL academy system.

Watson played 10 league games for the Tigers in 2016 and averaged 14.4 disposals playing as a rebounding defender.

He also averaged just over 14 disposals in 12 reserves games with Claremont, which included its Premiership win over East Perth.