#10 Aaron Francis - “Hurley, except he’s a better mark”


#761

Sounds encouraging at this early stage. I’m a on the fence type when it comes to lid on/lid off with Francis. I will only really get excited once I see it being put together - although we have seen possibilities that this can happen.

Wonder why the two SA clubs wern’t interested? Did Essendon want at least a late first rounder or no deal? Can’t imagine Essendon would have been demanding top 10. In any case, I think it is much better to see what we can make of him vs some second round pick in a weak draft. Hopefully we see strong effort throughout the preseason.


#762

If it wasn’t for the colour of his red hair, or his pasty white skin tone… the kid would be barely recognisable.

Significant body change. Good on him.


#763

The next step for him is to be able to train the full preseason without injury. He next stage of development in reducing weight and rocking up with a higher fitness base will go a long way to helping that.

He gets a full preseason, he will explode into the AFL.


#764

So I guess you wont be needing a referral to Dr Christopher Love.


#765

2 articles in a day about him. Clearly trying to build his confidence


#766

that was as obvious as dogs balls from the outset. well orchestrated media blitz to pump up a very fragile a kid.


#767

Well if they weren’t prepared to offer anything for him, i’d query whether they were really ‘interested’ at all - everyone’s always ‘interested’ if it involves getting something for nothing.


#768

You can’t be upset at Port and Adelaide simply asking that age-old blitz question… is it free???


#769

What’s that thing coming out from behind his back, over his left shoulder? It looks like a third hand with a boxing glove on it? Secret weapon? Is he an alien hybrid?


#770

I believe it is Hooker’s credibility and reputation.


#771

In hat form.


#772

Will play 18+ games this year on his way to the Rising Star.


#773

Full Frang. Hype train has gone from 0 to 100 in 3 seconds. I expect many forward or back arguments between now and when he probably doesn’t get selected in round 1.


#774

If he can get through this pre-season without getting injured, it will be the first proper full pre-season he has had since been at the club. If he can manage this, I am most certainly on the Hype train.


#775

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#776

And importantly, whether he can avoid eating too much turkey and plum pudding over the Christmas break which has been his problem in the past.


#777

I reckon this will be a year where no first year player wins the rising star.


#778

They were only interested in getting him for a bargain basement price, which everyone knew was never going to happen, thus one could say they were never really interested.


#779

I reckon more than half our list has improvement left in them.


#780

So do I.

Even the older guys will be better for the run this year.