After two years of uncertainty over the future of a player he had coached for more than a decade, John Watson was told he was not going to be coaching the Raiders this year.
The Raiders, who are facing a serious financial problem, have lost one of their best players for the last three seasons, but Watson’s departure was the first significant setback for the club.
“The boys are very close,” Raiders chief executive Chris Fagan said.
“John is the kind of guy that gets the job done, he has a great record of success and is someone who is loyal to the club, who is a really nice guy.”
John is someone we know and trust and will work hard for.
He will be missed.
“The Raiders were in serious trouble after they lost their top five players from last season.
The club’s leading scorers have all been out for the past year, with a number of them forced to take time out of the game.
Watson, the Raiders’ first-choice hooker, played a big part in helping to get the Raiders back on track.”
We’re really disappointed for John, we were really hoping he’d come back to the Raiders and have a big impact,” Fagan told AAP.”
He was really keen to come back and work with the boys and help us out.
“But his time at the Raiders has come to an end after he was forced to leave Canberra for a long-term medical condition, which has left the Raiders with little depth in the backline.
Fagan said Watson had not been fully consulted about the move and the club did not want to jeopardise the club’s chances of winning the Grand Final.”
Obviously we’re disappointed for him,” Fancag said.”
It’s not his fault, it’s just the way the club is run, so we’re just disappointed for the whole club.
We’re going to go in there and get the best possible player and try to do it as best we can.”AAP