Before each home game, we salute a former South Sydney great in hope that the football club catches on and starts doing it at home games. Similar to how Canterbury-Bankstown honour past players by having them present the 18th jersey on the field to a member, Parramatta have a past player raise the blue and gold flag and let’s not forget the viking horn down at Canberra.
We salute, Brad Watts—former South Sydney player #956.
Watts played 99 First Grade games (Melbourne 36 [1999–2001] and South Sydney 63 [2002–5] scored 27 tries (Melbourne 12 and South Sydney 15) and kicked 30 goals (Melbourne 11, South Sydney 19). He played fullback, wing, five-eighth and halfback.
A debut to remember
Brad Watts came through the Melbourne system at Northern Suburbs (Brisbane). He made his first grade debut for Melbourne against Sydney City in Round 16 of the 1999 season. Watts had a debut to remember with a try saving tackle on Richie Barnett. Watts became a regular in Melbourne’s first grade and was unlucky to miss out on playing in their maiden grand final victory.
After being out of favour with Melbourne coach Mark Murray, Watts signed with South Sydney for the 2002 season.
Watts was selected at halfback to start the season after approaching coach Craig Coleman. Watts impressed in the Charity Shield and started there in Round 1. He then shifted to five-eight and fullback throughout the season.
Watts became a mainstay at South Sydney for the next two seasons calling fullback and wing home.
At the end of 2005, Watts and Souths parted ways and he moved on to play for Widnes in the English Super League.