You make a very good point about Francis’ roles.
He’s been moved around the ground, which I think has been incredibly detrimental to his development. As you say, he doesn’t have footy nous… which I couldn’t disagree more. The fact is he has no idea what he’s doing, as he’s been training with the forwards and then the backs, then the forwards, then the backs again. They need to settle him into a role, otherwise it’s going to be a disaster.
Leroy Jetta is a good example, as he had a rare nous for football that many players ever dreamed of. You just needed to look at what he did in his debut year under Sheedy. That natural ability was coached out of him by Knights. Hird knew it was there, he just couldn’t get it back. Let’s hope Francis doesn’t have a similar future.