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Jobe Watson calls time

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Watson to retire at season’s end

Jobe Watson has announced his retirement.

The former Essendon captain will finish at the end of the season.

“It’s time to retire and move on,” he said on Wednesday.

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Watson said the 2012 supplements scandal had taken its toll.

“I guess it’s a little bit like being in a relationship and a partner cheats on you – you get back together, but you don’t love her the same way,” he said.

“I love the game but it doesn’t feel the same way to me as it did.”

Watson is a dual All-Australian, three-time W. S. Crichton Medallist and representative of Australia in the 2014 international rules test.

He captained Essendon between 2010 and 2015, and was the face of the Essendon playing group during its most turbulent period in the history of the VFL/AFL.