Player Watch #6: Jason Horne-Francis - the Rd7 AFL Rising Star nominee - puts contract talks on hold until end of season

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giantroo

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Sphynx

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Jul 10, 2011
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Best I’ve seen him look at the club. He was very good without doing anything spectacular.

It’s unbelievable to think he’s only 18.

It makes me wonder how much improvement he has.

He only played a qtr in the match sim a fortnight ago and probably had 7 touches and 2 GA's in the qtr he played. He was awesome across half forward.

Today was a bit ridiculous.

It's not so much the attacking output, possessions and clearances, which were all excellent.

It's the intensity and manic nature he goes and wins the ball when it's in a contested situation or when someones trying to win the ball and he's tackling them. It's an intensity I cant quite put my finder on. Kind of like a 16 year old player with u/12's thats just going 30% harder at the ball at all times.

With his hair flying around also, he just looks like an utter maniac.
 
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the big lebowski

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Oct 4, 2006
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He only played a qtr in the match sim a fortnight ago and probably had 7 touches and 2 GA's in the qtr he played. He was awesome across half forward.

Today was a bit ridiculous.

It's not so much the attacking output, possessions and clearances, which were all excellent.

It's the intensity and manic nature he goes and wins the ball when it's in a contested situation or when someones trying to win the ball and he's tackling them. It's an intensity I can quite put my finder on. Kind of like a 16 year old player with u/12's thats just going 30% harder at the ball at all times.

With his hair flying around also, he just looks like an utter maniac.

Plus he just knows how to play footy.

It’s like there’s no learning phase. He just knows.
 

Sphynx

Premiership Player
Jul 10, 2011
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Plus he just knows how to play footy.

It’s like there’s no learning phase. He just knows.

I'm comfortable calling him a generational talent now.


McDonald, Simpkin, LDU, Thomas, Powell, Phillips were nowhere near this good in their first pre-season. Powell and McDonald were probably the best at 18 in that group, but JHF is on a completely different level, he honestly looked a better midfielder than Simpkin and LDU out there today and only second to Thomas who was in Carlton-esque cheat mode form.

The thing is, I actually think he's closer to 18 year old LDU/Simpkin fitness wise than Ryan Bastinac/Ryan Clarke. He has a TON of physical improvement to come.

Can you imagine when he's built like Ruccuito and can play 120 minutes in the midfield? duck me.
 

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