#10 St Francis of the Rising Star


#6668

Trade Gleeson and keep Francis. Question for me is whether someone can teach Ambrose how to get the ball and do something with it. I thought Woosha didn’t believe in taggers?


#6669

he’d probably miss his ■■■■■■■■ target too.


#6670

Taggers and defenders are 2 different things.


#6671

No obvious matchup for Ambrose this week, so watch Franga come in, push Mason Wood up the ground and then cut off Ben Brown’s supply all game on Good Friday.

The more I think about leaving him out yesterday, the more I reckon the club might be taking a more long-term approach to the season, and his career.


#6672

He will be good back-up whenever……………………………………


#6673

I think those three are competing for the same position. Redman and Ambrose are different types of players.

Of those three, Francis is the only one whose contract expires at the end of this season. He seems to have had some mental health issues and also expressed an interest in returning back to Adelaide during last year’s trade period.

Essendon said they were open to facilitating a move, if they could secure an appropriate deal. They probably wouldn’t mind a very high first round pick, considering how many we have given away lately.

It seems almost impossible, but I wouldn’t be gobsmacked if it happened. I thought the same thing about Adelaide and Jake Lever.


#6674

Was tongue in cheek.


#6675

Money, money, money, must be honey in a rich man’s world.


#6676

Francis has so much taleyhe needs to be squeezed in somehow.

The back line looks great so no change there. If the Ridley broken hand rumors are true you could look at Francis but with Norths smaller forward line Gleeson or Guilfi could come in.

Francis off the bench playing hi junior role of impact where needed back, mid or forward, the Hird role could be great.

I would drop Myers for Francis, give him a few center bounces Stringer style and have him pop up in bests all over the ground. He doesn’t need to spend more than 70% of the time on the ground but his pose and natural smarts can be game changing.

Bring in Francis


#6677

Yeah that could actually work coz I reckon he for some reason had Myers, Shiel and even Heppell forward for portions of the game. Dropping Myers (a mid) for Francis (forward) gives those bonafide midfielders more time where they should be playing.

Francis. Just. Has. To. Play.


#6678

I wonder if they could start pushing Ridley up onto the wing. He is fairly quick and his kicking into 50 would be great. Has a bit of Isaac Smith about him.


#6679

3 days without a Francis post is just too long. Where is the love ?


#6680

If he plays in the VFL, then we should at least develop him by playing him midfield or HFF.


#6681

VFL side is seriously scary this week. Might keep that percentage for another week.


#6682

But then we might have to play Gleeson in the backline… it’s too big a risk to take.


#6683

Need to do whatever we can to get Francis back in the side and firing.


#6684

agree. Gleeson can even warm the bench while Francis plays in the AFL team for the rest of the season.


#6685

Francis will get back in the side when he deserves to. A couple of speccies per game is not enough, even if coupled with excellent disposal.

Our game is built on fitness, speed and intensity. Francis has never been as fit as he needs to be. He’s had psychological problems too and deserves sympathy and help, but that can’t extend to a place in the team if he’s not fit enough.

And I wouldn’t mind betting that if he really got fully fit — as fit as Smith or Shiel or Saad or … — then his psychological problems would be a lot less of a worry.


#6686

His disposal has been at 67.6% this year. Which is a problem when you’re taking the risks he does. Just a little out of touch (like a lot of people). A few VFL games to get his form back is all he needs.


#6687

If being as fit as Saad is the requirement to be best 22, we will not see him again this year. If he plays like he did late last year (ie tidy up kicking efficiency, smart use, clean hands), should be enough to find him a spot. The bar for best 22 is not champion status.