Football and Sports News

North Melbourne Kangaroos, Alastair Clarkson, new coach, Jason Horne-Francis, future, prized pick, number one, draft, contract, Adelaide

Jason Horne will have North Melbourne’s backing if Francis commits to the club beyond 2023, but new coach Alastair Clarkson has promised to pull the prized draft pick into line if needed.

Horne-Francis has had a difficult first year, having been disciplined for traveling to South Australia without club permission for Mother’s Day and disobeying the coach’s ice bath instructions, leaving the North team to travel to Adelaide.

He was also seen arguing with his team-mates in a disastrous year, which saw the Kangaroos win just two games and finish on the wooden spoon after being banned for two games for a strike charge.

Watch every AFL grand final live on Kayo and on demand. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >

But speaking on the couch on Monday, Clarkson said 2022 was a “big school year” for the teenager.

“If he’s guilty of anything, I think he’s an 18-year-old kid who’s proud of his own abilities,” Clarkson praised.

He’s probably been a star in the minors and he’s gotten to an area where he’s not doing well and he’s not performing at the level he’s so used to in his younger years.

“He just has to get through this.

“This is going to be a great school year for him.”

While Clarkson has yet to speak to Horne-Francis, he hopes the teenager can excel with another pre-season under his belt.

Why Clark rejected GWS and Bombs | 02:24

“Hopefully with a little guidance and another pre-season, an understanding is the number one draft pick, but this game is very difficult,” he said.

“It’s a complicated game even for the best kids.

“He has a long journey ahead – hopefully all at the North Melbourne Football Club.

We’ll back him up as much as we can and sometimes give him a handicap, and sometimes it’s high on the back nine to get him going again.

Horne-Francis Future The young gun was a big talking point in 2022, ending contract talks.

Guest – Riewoldt confused by JHF axing | 01:10

He remains committed to the Roos until the end of 2023 on a two-year deal he signed as part of the draft.

But whispers of a return home to South Australia have dogged the venerable selection all season.

His off-field drama is just talk of the Adelaide Crows making a bold trade move this year to bring home Horne-Francis.

Horne-Francis is North Melbourne’s first number one pick since the AFL introduced its draft system.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.