Jason Horne-Francis cops warning after North Melbourne star went home to Adelaide
Police warning of Jason Horne-Francis after the North Melbourne star suffered a hamstring injury after a trip home to Adelaide without the club’s permission, with the top pick in the draft stalled by the new contract with Roos in trouble
- Jason Horne-Francis received a warning after going home without permission
- The first draft pick traveled to Adelaide for Mother’s Day after Round 8
- He was photographed in a nightclub with friends, unaware that he had broken the club’s rules.
- North says it was an innocent mix-up and decided not to punish the young man.
North Melbourne called out last year’s No. 1 draft pick Jason Horne-Francis for making an interstate trip without the AFL club’s knowledge.
Horne-Francis flew to Adelaide for Mother’s Day after her eighth-round loss to Fremantle and after a succession of flights in a short period, missed round nine with a hamstring strain.
Football boss Daniel McPherson told some players if it would be possible for them to see their mothers, but Horne-Francis took it upon himself to fly them home to Adelaide.
Jason Horne-Francis received a warning from North Melbourne for flying home after Rd 8
He posted photos of himself with friends at an Adelaide nightclub on social media, unaware that he had broken club protocols.
Horne-Francis flew back to Melbourne on Monday night and reported his hamstring problem during training on Tuesday. Trainer David Noble opted to rest him next week.
The Roos have since told the young gun that they would prefer to be told when he is flying home, due to the implications for players, including ASADA whereabouts provisions meaning clubs must provide updates to drug testers. about the availability of their players.
However, given the innocent mix-up, Horne-Francis has not been punished for the misunderstanding.
Ben Williams, who represents Horne-Francis, said the herald sun: ‘She was given a weekend off and went home for Mother’s Day. I don’t even know why this is a story.
The young star has suspended contract talks with the club until the end of the season.
North wallows in penultimate place in the standings with just one win in 10 games and is ahead of West Coast on percentage.
They haven’t made it to the finals since 2016 and second-year coach David Noble had to defend himself earlier this month after news broke of a post-game spray he had given his players.
The first pick in the draft went to Adelaide following Roos’ loss to Freo, against club protocol.
Details of what happened immediately after they lost to Brisbane by 108 points in the third round were leaked to the media.
“The intent was correct, I think there’s still room to be direct and assertive with your playgroup, but the delivery probably wasn’t the right time,” Noble said.
“We all got emotional at that moment.”
Noble added that reports that some of the Kangaroos’ younger players were upset by the harsh speech were not true, as far as he knew.
Noble also denied reports that there has been a major change in his game plan, with North’s only win of the year to date coming against a sold-out West Coast team in the second round.
Following this latest drama, Rawlings said Tuesday night that North was ready for the midseason draft despite losing all three staff members.
He was unable to play Round 9 due to a hamstring injury and has not been punished for the innocent misunderstanding.
But he admitted it was a setback.
“I don’t think there is an ideal time to lose personnel. It’s always a challenge,” Rawlings told 3AW.
“We’re really well prepared (for the draft) … there’s nothing that’s going to change between now and next Wednesday that’s going to affect everything we do for preseason.”
He added that he had approached Birthisel about leaving the AFL industry and had left with his blessing.
Finnigan had been at Arden St for 17 years, while Birthisel joined over a decade ago with Luff going to the Kangaroos in 2018.