Watts dropped after form struggles

12 August 2017 06:47:47 EST
Jack Watts

Jack Watts' form since he returned from injury has cost him his place in the Melbourne side to take on St Kilda.

Watts has been dropped for Sunday's important game and told to play for Casey Demons in the VFL to rediscover his best form.

Coach Simon Goodwin has left him out after he kicked just one goal in three games since returning from a month-long hamstring injury.

"He hasn't been playing in great form and Jack understands that," said the coach. "He's had three weeks back from a four-week hamstring and hasn't played to the level he expects and what we expect.

He hasn't been playing in great form and Jack understands that.

Simon Goodwin

"He's no different to any other player on our list. There is a level of expectation around performance when you're in the senior side and we've made three or four changes this week, and he's just one of those."

Goodwin said the Demons had not put a timeframe on Watts' stint in the VFL, but that the tall forward understood his form had been sub-par.

The Demons have recalled Angus Brayshaw for his first senior game since round two.

The midfielder racked up 34 possessions in the VFL last weekend and has recovered well from the concussions that have sidelined him this season.

Brayshaw is finally back after the club took a conservative approach with his recovery after he copped three heavy hits early in the campaign, two of which were in the VFL.

Speaking of the 21-year-old, Goodwin said: "He's a quality player in our side and what he's gone through has been really difficult. He's trained incredibly hard, he's played some strong VFL footy and he gives the whole club and our supporters and our players a really big lift."

Melbourne are 14/25 to beat St Kilda, who are 6/4.

The Demons are 93/100 with an 8.5-points start.

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