I seriously don’t get this ‘he needs to be in it’ ‘want it’ ‘mentally scared’ and therefore is done crap going around.
Every scenario that has a mental issues has a way around it just like a physical one.
You aren’t strong enough you do strength training
Your running endurance is low you put the kms in.
You have a competitiveness issue you find training styles that build your competitiveness (dogs doing a good job with Boyd and Schache throwing them in the ruck to do this)
You are having depression due to a significant loss you get a psyc on board and work the program to get yourself right.
Every scenario/problem has a fix and it’s the club and coaching staffs job to put them in place to maximise the players potential.
If Francis fails, it’s as much the clubs fault as Francis.
Having said all that I’m sure it’s all blitz panic merchant talk. He is fitter this year, put him at HBF and let him play his natural game and watch him flourish.