The way some posts sound you would think the bloke had spent 10 years clogging up the list. FFS the kid is about to hit his third preseason… for a big bloke that is nothing. Most key position/bigger blokes take at least 4-5 seasons to get their conditioning right.
I would have loved him to come in day 1 and dominate but that hasn’t happened. Still reckon the upside is huge and we need to chill out and relax. We were told/he knew that he was behind in fitness etc etc… but the talent was there. From all reports his VFL was above average and kept building as the season progressed.
In a major positive we have such a strong team right now that there simply isn’t a place or NEED for a young guy to ‘learn on the job’!! I believe Francis would have probably gotten a few more games if he was playing 2005-2014 teams… but the club is content to let him develop in the VFL.
I wouldn’t even say next season is make or break. I always think it is years 4-6 that determine if they are going to make it.