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Sport Jason Horne-Francis is the AFL's hottest draft prospect — and he's ready to become a Kangaroo

10:16  16 october  2021
10:16  16 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Jason Horne - Francis in action for South Adelaide in the SANFL. Picture: Nick Hook photography. THE CURRENT coach of Jason Horne - Francis has lauded the likely No.1 NAB AFL Draft pick' s competitive nature and compared him to Brownlow medalists Nat Fyfe and Patrick Dangerfield. Horne - Francis is almost certain to be picked up wooden spooner North Melbourne in the national draft later this year. The explosive midfielder, who can push forward and kick goals, has spent the past two years playing in the SANFL seniors with South Adelaide. Listen to continental tyres afl

Jason Horne - Francis appears destined to become North Melbourne' s prized top draftee but the Kangaroos are yet to commit to giving him the No.1 draft pick title. © Scott Barbour/AAP PHOTOS North Melbourne are expected to take Jason Horne - Francis with pick No.1 at the AFL draft . South Adelaide on-baller Horne - Francis recently had 24 disposals, three goals, 18 contested possessions, 11 clearances and 10 score involvements in the SANFL preliminary final and appears the stand-out player not tied to another club.

Midfielder Jason Horne-Francis is soon to be a household name among footy fans. (Supplied: SANFL) © Provided by ABC Grandstand Midfielder Jason Horne-Francis is soon to be a household name among footy fans. (Supplied: SANFL)

In the AFL world, Jason Horne-Francis is hot property.

And though the national draft is still more than a month away, he is already mentally wearing the blue and white of North Melbourne.

"It's hard not to, and there's a lot of media stuff about it," he said in a break from testing for South Australia's elite young talent.

"[North Melbourne] have spoken to me and said [they will select me], but I'm kind of excited to have footy as a job that you can do and love every day."

The Kangaroos have the first pick in the draft and have shut down attempts from desperate Horne-Francis suitors, including Adelaide, which offered three first-round draft picks in a bid to snare a once-in-a-generation player.

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Jason Horne - Francis appears destined to become North Melbourne' s prized top draftee but the Kangaroos are yet to commit to giving him the No.1 draft pick title. North Melbourne are poised to snap up Jason Horne - Francis with the first live pick of the AFL draft but but are yet to officially rule out first bidding on father-son prospects Nick Daicos and Sam Darcy at No.1. South Adelaide on-baller Horne - Francis recently had 24 disposals, three goals, 18 contested possessions, 11 clearances and 10 score involvements in the SANFL preliminary final and appears the stand-out player not tied to

The current coach of Jason Horne - Francis has lauded the likely No.1 AFL draft pick' s competitive nature and compared him to Brownlow medallists Nat Fyfe and Patrick Dangerfield. Horne - Francis is almost certain to be picked up wooden spooners North Melbourne in the national draft later this year. " He ' s just a super competitor," Wright told Trade Radio. "We debuted him at league level about three weeks after his 17th birthday last year and he ' s played every game since, including two finals campaigns.

The pressure of potentially being the top pick is a pressure cooker the 18-year-old would welcome.

"At the start, it was just trying to get my foot in the door and get me drafted, but obviously after getting my name out there a bit, a goal for me was to try to go number one.

"I feel like, for me, it'd be good."

As well as starring for South Australia's underage teams, Horne-Francis has become a star for South Adelaide in the high-standard SANFL competition.

The league's head of talent Brenton Phillips said this was underlined in bold in the Panther's heartbreaking preliminary final loss to Glenelg at Adelaide Oval.

"I haven't seen too many 18-year-olds at that particular level pick up a side by the scruff of its neck and almost get them across the line," Phillips said.

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Jason Horne - Francis appears destined to become North Melbourne' s prized top draftee but the Kangaroos are yet to commit to giving him the No.1 draft pick title. North Melbourne are poised to snap up Jason Horne - Francis with the first live pick of the AFL draft but but are yet to officially rule out first bidding on father-son prospects Nick Daicos and Sam Darcy at No.1. South Adelaide on-baller Horne - Francis recently had 24 disposals, three goals, 18 contested possessions, 11 clearances and 10 score involvements in the SANFL preliminary final and appears the stand-out player not tied to

North Melbourne are poised to snap up Jason Horne - Francis with the first live pick of the AFL draft but but are yet to officially rule out first bidding on father-son prospects Nick Daicos and Sam Darcy at No.1. South Adelaide on-baller Horne - Francis recently had 24 disposals, three goals, 18 contested “Going into this season, he was well and truly at the top and he has had a terrific year .. you can't put any better performances together than what Jason Horne - Francis has done over the last couple of years.” Rawlings wouldn't be drawn on whether the Kangaroos would make Collingwood pay the

"He was able to do that, and that just probably highlights the maturity of him — the want, the work ethic and the competitive nature — and I think that ticks a lot of boxes for the AFL."

Horne-Francis left school this year and joined the workforce, and credits this and the influence of stepfather and former AFL player Fabian Francis for maturing him as a person.

He believes he can hit the ground running next year.

"I feel like I can make an impact straight away, as in I've had that two years of league footy under my belt and it's really helped me. So I feel like I can make a pretty big impact at the start," Horne-Francis said.

Leek Alleer leaps into draft contention

While Horne-Francis was taking it easy at the AFL draft testing in Adelaide today, Leek Alleer was turning heads — something he has increasingly done in 2021.

He set a new national vertical leap record of 107 centimetres, above the previous record of 103 centimetres by Kyron Hayden and 102 centimetres by West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui.

Horne-Francis looms as AFL top draft pick

  Horne-Francis looms as AFL top draft pick Jason Horne-Francis appears destined to become North Melbourne's prized top draftee but the Kangaroos are yet to commit to giving him the No.1 draft pick title.South Adelaide on-baller Horne-Francis recently had 24 disposals, three goals, 18 contested possessions, 11 clearances and 10 score involvements in the SANFL preliminary final and appears the stand-out player not tied to another club.

He has become so coveted that North Melbourne has reportedly turned down two massive rival club offers for his Pick 1. For the latest AFL trading and free agency news, check Foxtel and Kayo every weekday of the trading period from 5pm EDT. New to Kayo? Ultimately, Horne - Francis is “a pretty attractive prospect ”. Horne - Francis is set to be taken by North with the No. 1 (Picture: Tom Huntley)Source: News Corp Australia. “These very good young kids have little bits of a lot of the good players,” Sheehan said. “We’re trying to put names like these in to give supporters a bit of an idea of

AFL Grand Final day has arrived — but after Jason Horne - Francis ’ stunning SANFL finals performance, North Melbourne fans are now counting down the days to the national draft . “No doubt he ’ s going on to bigger and better things.” Horne - Francis is widely tipped to be the first player taken in the ‘open draft ’ this season. Only Collingwood father-son prospect and fellow star midfielder Nick Daicos is likely to be taken ahead of him, with the Magpies almost certain to match a rival club bid on him.

That distinction is all the more remarkable considering the 20-year-old broke his leg and dislocated his ankle in a match in 2019.

"It was quite life-changing in a sense because it really opened my eyes and showed me that regardless of where you think you're going, there are obstacles that are bound to come up," Alleer said.

His young life has been full of adversity after fleeing war-torn South Sudan with his mother and little sister in 2006.

Once he arrived, he saw his uncles watching this "strange" game of Australian rules football, and gradually started playing it at school.

Now, after being remodelled as a defender and impressing at league level with Central Districts, Alleer's name getting called out on draft night would be a triumph for more than just his family.

"[It would be big] for my community, just to represent them and show a lot of the young kids that whatever you put your mind to, you can do it," he said.

Phillips says Alleer has similar traits to Port Adelaide defender Aliir Aliir and says both are leading the way in the sport for Australia's growing African community.

"Those stories are great. They come to our country, embrace our game — or their game now — and they just go forward with it," Phillips said.

"It's amazing, I'd love to see more of them play the game."

Alleer said he would love to follow in the footsteps of Aliir Aliir.

"He's an idol of our community and he's someone a lot of us young players look up to," Alleer said.

"He makes us proud, and the way he goes about things and his footy is quite amazing."

The AFL draft will be held over two days in late November.

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