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Emotional moment Jackson Archer tells his dad and Kangaroos legend Glenn he will make his AFL debut

Emotional moment as Jackson Archer tells his father and Kangaroos legend Glenn he will be making his AFL debut and the former North Melbourne star struggles to hold back the tears

  • Jackson Archer makes his AFL debut for North Melbourne on Sunday
  • He shared the news with his father, Kangaroos legend Glenn, via video call
  • North Melbourne captured the emotional exchange and shared it on Twitter
  • Glenn Archer won two premierships with the ‘Rose in 1996 and 1999’

Jackson Archer makes his AFL debut for North Melbourne this weekend and his father, Kangaroos legend Glenn, couldn’t be prouder.

The 18-year-old was chosen as the father-son squad in last year’s national squad last year and shared the news of his upcoming debut by video calling his father on Thursday. North Melbourne recorded the conversation and then shared it on social media.

Archer senior, who won the premiership in 1996 and 1999 and played 311 appearances for the Kangaroos, struggled to hold back tears when his son told him he will play Adelaide on Sunday.

Jackson Archer (left) called his father and North Melbourne legend Glenn to announce that he will make his AFL debut for the Kangaroos on Sunday

Jackson Archer (left) called his father and North Melbourne legend Glenn to announce that he will make his AFL debut for the Kangaroos on Sunday

“I just got home and I thought I was going to train under 12. What are you doing?” Archer replies, answering his son’s call.

‘Not much. I’m playing this weekend,” Jackson replies.

“You’re kidding,” his father replies, before both begin to bubble up and the former Kangaroos star takes a moment to calm herself.

“Wait a minute,” Glenn says after a long pause.

His father was visibly moved when the news of his son's upcoming debut came in

His father was visibly moved when the news of his son’s upcoming debut came in

“Sorry, there was something stuck in my throat. That’s fantastic mate. Well done. You fucking deserved it, you worked really hard.’

When the conversation ends, Jackson strangles the tears himself before joking, “Damn emotional family, huh?”

Archer’s mother was similarly stunned when she heard the news in a separate speakerphone conversation, which was also filmed by the kangaroos.

“What do you do on Sunday?” the teen asks his mother on the phone, before announcing that he is making his AFL debut.

Archer (left) has played nine games in the VFL for the Kangaroos this season

Archer (left) has played nine games in the VFL for the Kangaroos this season

Glenn Archer plays for North Melbourne

Glenn Archer played 311 games for the Kangaroos

Archer, a rugged defender, won the premiership in 1996 and 1999 with the Kangaroos

‘You’re not? Your first match? Jackson don’t talk to s**t […] Are you real?’ she said.

“I’m so proud of you, that’s so good,” she said.

The teenager played nine games in the VFL and made 12 disposals a fortnight ago and was on North Melbourne’s emergency list for five consecutive rounds.

It will not be an easy task for the youngster to live up to his father’s standards.

Archer was a three-time All-Australian during his AFL career, winning the Norm Smith Medal in 1996 and receiving the Robert Rose Award for most courageous player six times in nine seasons.

A tough defender, Archer was hailed as the ‘Shinboner of the Century’ and held the Kangaroos games record for nearly four years until he was surpassed by Brent Harvey in round 12 of the 2011 season.

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