Player Watch #10: Aaron Francis

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So excited for what this fella can bring in 2019 and beyond. Has the potential to one of the best in the league, not just at Tulla.

I was invested early in his draft year when he was touted as a top 30 pick, hoping we’d nab him with our second rounder. Then he rapidly rose up draft boards as our season spiralled and we were still a chance to get him (albeit with our first pick).

Then we got pick 5 from the Saints and it all but ensured Francis would be ours (I’m very happy with Parish as the combo). While there’s been a bit of a journey between then and now, the future - touch wood - is looking brighter by the day.

Stand by my original call - a Hodge / C.Cornea hybrid: tough, aggressive, reads the play, great overhead, great kick. Will be a player that we really build from at half back. Someone that changes momentum of games regularly.

Full excited!
 
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Woosha on Our Ginger Lord and Saviour:

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2019-02-04/games-first-then-contract-talks-for-young-don-woosha

Sounds like Woosha has a real soft spot for him (as do we all).

Interesting comment, which sums up the nature of depression quite well:

"He said he barracked for Essendon as a kid, he's living his childhood dream, he was just sad and he didn't know why he wasn't the happiest bloke in Australia. He couldn't work it out."

Sounds like he's made a lot of progress with his mental health since then which is awesome for him!
 

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Apologies for the intrusion folks and did Francis play today in your hit out?

Saw Daniher playing well and my first question was how did Francis go but i couldn't see much from the news footage.

I reckon this guy is a gun and deserves a full run at it without being injured.
 

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Apologies for the intrusion folks and did Francis play today in your hit out?

Saw Daniher playing well and my first question was how did Francis go but i couldn't see much from the news footage.

I reckon this guy is a gun and deserves a full run at it without being injured.

Preliminary reports from eyewitnesses say he had 22 marks, 20kicks, 2 handpasses, 15 spoils, 11 tackles and a quick haircut at halftime.
 

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Apparently trimmed down another 2 - 3kg this off season. Has been moving incredibly well and as has been mentioned has been put on a modified program due to 'hamstring awareness'.

He should be ok for round 1 so don't be too worried about this minor hiccup.

He and Shiel are perhaps the two most intriguing players that excites me the most in 2019.
 

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Woosha on Our Ginger Lord and Saviour:

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2019-02-04/games-first-then-contract-talks-for-young-don-woosha

Sounds like Woosha has a real soft spot for him (as do we all).

Interesting comment, which sums up the nature of depression quite well:

"He said he barracked for Essendon as a kid, he's living his childhood dream, he was just sad and he didn't know why he wasn't the happiest bloke in Australia. He couldn't work it out."

Sounds like he's made a lot of progress with his mental health since then which is awesome for him!
Definitely manic.
 
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