Player Watch #10: Aaron Francis - Reportedly close to signing a new two year deal - 31/5

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In a best 22, I’d have him as a swingman from the bench. As much as I think that settling him in one position will benefit his confidence I also think his attributes are best suited to filling a need as the specific game dictates. This means that you can have a third tall forward and a third tall back with Frang essentially their chop-out when rotating. He’s a burst player and I’d love to see him fully embrace that role and become a match-winner/saver to suit the occasion.
 

Bunk Moreland

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You mean Redman or Ambrose? Or one of the smalls who guard zippy smalls who run a lot?
If it had to come down to a choice between Francis, Ambrose and Redman, yeah I’d play Francis without doubt. He has the highest ceiling and we’re not winning a flag this year.

I’m not convinced that’s the choice though.
 

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Seems to have a few awareness issues in traffic, might be ultra confidence in own ability or sometjing but it reeks of melky sometimes
 

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I have no doubt the awareness issues are partially down to the fact he is now playing in the forward half more.

When you play as a tall defender the play generally unfolds with everyone in front of you, the instances where you need to be aware of people behind you is much rarer.

At the moment he just isnt aware of pressure being put on from bheind, as sucj he is taking too long with ball in hand.

That is fine when you take the mark and have time to go back, but tonight he couldnt mark anything and as such always looked a chance of being mown down. Is really a defender and needs to play there.
 

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Good one week, not so much the next. I think Ant said he wont be much chop when he is not marking it and tonight did not suit. Needs an extended run (preferably back) before my mind is made up. Like to get him to 50 games.
 

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Just needs to have a red hot crack. Picks and chooses when he is on. It's not just him, efforts of a few of our players are inconsistent within games. He is just a glaring one, as he is almost our great white hope
 

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Hooker was interviewed after the game and it’s in today’s Hun where he said he’s nice and settled in the backline and back six working well together. He also said he’s been working with Francis and giving him tips on playing forward, said should stick with him up forward
 
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