The scrutiny on Watts throughout the pre-season culminated when he was shown on social media at Germany’s Oktoberfest snorting off a woman’s chest a legal menthol-based powder called wiesn pulver available at the festival.
Port Adelaide chairman David Koch was furious with Watts and the 27-year-old, who has been under fierce scrutiny since Melbourne chose him at pick No.1 in the 2008 national draft, admitted it was a shocking look.
However, Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley, who got him to the club at the end of 2017, stuck with him and tried him off half-back in the opening round on Saturday where he had 22 disposals and took nine marks.
“It was a really tough few months to be honest. Coming up against your old mob too. Some of my best mates are there,” Watts said.
“After those last few months, this day’s just incredible. What a fight by the boys.”