Player Watch #10: Aaron Francis

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CBombers17

Club Legend
Jul 7, 2014
2,362
2,717
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Essendon
You don't get players with this kind of tallent very often. Ryder and Winders type gifts here - maybe even a level above. It will be exciting to see.
 

Milanista28

Brownlow Medallist
Dec 2, 2014
12,409
19,734
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Essendon
My top 5 untouchables are Merrett, Francis, Joey, McGrath and Draper(Heart in this one, i can feel it)

rumors about 2 of them is giving me anxiety.
 

calyam

Norm Smith Medallist
May 9, 2011
5,564
6,292
Melbourne
AFL Club
Essendon
I'd to see his kicking skills be utilised to a greater degree next season. Hurley is so often used as the escape valve at Essendon. We get the ball to Hurley and he roosts it as far as he can. I'd like to see us utilise Francis in a manner that sees him get more possessions that Hurley next year. He has a few head scratchers, understandable given his experience, but he is generally a very good user of the footy.
 

owen87

Premiership Player
Apr 23, 2016
3,572
4,520
AFL Club
Essendon
I'd to see his kicking skills be utilised to a greater degree next season. Hurley is so often used as the escape valve at Essendon. We get the ball to Hurley and he roosts it as far as he can. I'd like to see us utilise Francis in a manner that sees him get more possessions that Hurley next year. He has a few head scratchers, understandable given his experience, but he is generally a very good user of the footy.
Hurley is a poor marking target, unfortunately, whereas Francis isn't. We do seem to fail to utilise our best kickers enough though; Hartley almost never takes kick-ins when he plays yet is very good by foot.

Jetta & Hurn are exhibit A for what elite footskills out of defence can do.
 

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vast

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Sep 29, 2005
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I feel like surely he would have signed already if he was going to stay. Im guessing but I think he is more likely to request a trade at this point.

Whats the hold up otherwise?
 

TheGreatBarryB

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 20, 2007
21,301
20,946
Melbourne
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Essendon
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Surely they would have settled that by now.
Or waiting on Joey?
Guys are still signing this late, look at Goldstein for example which I think was delayed on number of years.

Or he might want to stay but maybe another team offering way more and he wants to trim the difference? He built more value last few games? A lot of things could be impacting.
 

vast

Hall of Famer
Sep 29, 2005
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Guys are still signing this late, look at Goldstein for example which I think was delayed on number of years.

Or he might want to stay but maybe another team offering way more and he wants to trim the difference? He built more value last few games? A lot of things could be impacting.
Like wanting to know who Adelaides new coach will be? Lol
 

The Donners

Brownlow Medallist
Apr 26, 2007
13,148
889
Victoria
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Essendon
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I'd to see his kicking skills be utilised to a greater degree next season. Hurley is so often used as the escape valve at Essendon. We get the ball to Hurley and he roosts it as far as he can. I'd like to see us utilise Francis in a manner that sees him get more possessions that Hurley next year. He has a few head scratchers, understandable given his experience, but he is generally a very good user of the footy.
I think Francis has more composure... there I said it...
 

Lore

Moderator ❀
Dec 14, 2015
16,092
19,145
AFL Club
Essendon
We have a bunch of guys still out of contract. I suspect exit interviews and some negotiating and stuff will wait until after both our seniors and our VFL team have dropped out of finals... which happened yesterday. So the dominoes should start to fall soon with players who were still VFL eligible.

If he's waiting on more money or clarification about playing position from the coaches, that should be resolved once the other stuff starts to happen a bit more.

There's also the possibility that it's already been signed but an announcement has been held off.
 

LB#16

Premiership Player
Mar 28, 2010
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4,925
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I feel like surely he would have signed already if he was going to stay. Im guessing but I think he is more likely to request a trade at this point.

Whats the hold up otherwise?
Memberships are not available yet. They're not going to do a big re-signing announcement, sending social media into a frenzy without the possibility it leading to people signing up on the spot.
 

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