Could Jobe Watson's Barista Career Be Holding Him Back From AFL Return?

See you latte Essendon?

19/08/2016 9:38 AM AEST | Updated 19/08/2016 8:26 PM AEST
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Still making his macchiato on on the New York coffee scene, we predict.

Former Essendon skipper Jobe Watson has three weeks to decide whether he'll return to the club and game which left him banned for 12 months, amidst the Bombers' doping scandal.

So what what has he done since then? The banned Browlow medallist picked up his Melbourne life and headed to New York with a barista course under his belt and his own trademark coffee. The Espressendon anyone? (Okay, we jest).

In July, Watson's father Tim confirmed the AFL player's departure to New York while Essendon captain Brendon Goddard said Watson would be the "best paid barista over there".

"He thought it'd be a good idea to go over there and experience New York life but also get involved in the Australian coffee culture in New York," Goddard said at the time.

And now, according to his dad, Watson is still away and remains undecided on whether he'll come back to the game.

"I know he hasn't decided whether or not he's going to continue playing," Tim Watson told SEN radio on Thursday.

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Watson doesn't yet know whether his Brownlow medal will be stripped.

Watson remains one of four players who still are yet to confirm their future with the Bombers, as Michael Hurley re-signed with the club on Thursday.

Bombers Coach John Worsfold has said the club needs an answer from all banned players in the next "two to three weeks".

As the banned players continue to wait on the outcome of their appeal against the 12-month ban to the Swiss Federal Court, Watson is still unsure whether his Brownlow will be stripped from him.

"I don't think it's [to do with the appeal], I think it's the bigger picture. The total sum of what he wants to do," Tim Watson said on radio.

Watson said his son is still interested in the club, but the last few years have taken their toll.

"It hasn't been so much about football, it's been about other stuff over that [three-year] period of time.

"Until you can put that to one side and move forward and play football -- and do the normal preparation and not have something else there in the back of your mind all the time -- I think it's hard for you to concentrate on the game and actually appreciate the game the way you normally would."

But if The City That Never Sleeps has stolen his heart, we wouldn't blame him for hanging up the boots.

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