Player Watch #10: Aaron Francis

tperks

Debutant
Oct 12, 2015
68
55
AFL Club
Essendon
Love that he’s signed for 3. Shows his love and passion for the current group. Could’ve easily signed for 1-2 and reassessed from there but we’re clearly doing something right. 3 more at the dons feels like a good indicator that we’re at least doing the right things off the field
Can’t help but have a huge smile on my face watching this bloke talk about his love for Draper as well, so glad he’s sticking round.
 

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blitzer

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 27, 2006
6,438
6,964
House
AFL Club
Essendon
The 3 years tells me that the club and Francis have worked out that he is going to be one of the long term replacements for Hurley/Hooker and that he is comfortable with the plan for him in the shorter term until we get to that stage. Could have easily signed for 2 if he wasn't.
 

astrowizzle

Club Legend
Jul 3, 2007
2,659
1,596
Malua Bay
AFL Club
Essendon
I got up this morning and went to essendon fc. While it was loading I thought shit it would be nice if they announced Francis has signed ok. I was stopped. He seems to be in a good place and I love watching him play
Great day
 

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Vander18

Club Legend
Apr 22, 2011
2,550
3,084
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Essendon
Yep, sounds like a lot of self-doubt there too. Can't wait to see what we have when this bloke builds some confidence.
Off field maybe - don’t think he has any such issues out on the field.

Plays like he believes he’s the best player on the field - flys for everything and pulls the trigger on kicks most wouldn’t even contemplate. Never goes into his shell after a mistake....and he makes plenty. Not saying this as a negative...I kinda like this about him. The mistakes will reduce with time.
 

Yoda_

Brownlow Medallist
May 6, 2007
26,404
12,574
South East Suburbs
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Tottenham Hotspurs, Melbourne Vixen
Really happy with Francis staying put and for the medium term as well (3 years). Big commitment from both parties which shows they are both happy with where Aaron is at in his football journey.
 

RedmanWasHere

Rarely in kitchens at parties.
Aug 23, 2010
16,070
13,280
Information Superhighway
AFL Club
Essendon
Other Teams
Exers, Gryffindor, Richmond AFLW
Keys for Francis for the next few seasons:

Improve his game.
Attain a level of positive consistency.
String a good amount of games each season.
Develop some leadership skills.
 

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