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Francis locks in future

Young defender Aaron Francis signs on for three more years.

3:30pm  Sep 20, 2019

Season review: Aaron Francis

Aaron Francis consolidated his position in defence in 2019, despite being the Bombers' most inexperienced defender.

9:30am  Sep 19, 2019

Sheedy's high praise for Francis

Essendon legend Kevin Sheedy has heaped praise on young Bomber Aaron Francis, labelling him as a “possible champion”.

4:30pm  Nov 2, 2018

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BTV: The best of Francis

3:47pm  Sep 20, 2019

BTV: Francis signs on

3:20pm  Sep 20, 2019

BTV: 2018 Bests | Marks

9:51am  Oct 12, 2018

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Aaron
Francis

Defender

Height
192 cm
DOB
10-08-1997
Weight
90 kg
Debut
2016
Games
2019
17
Career
27
Goals
2019
3
Career
6
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
940
Avg
55
AaronFrancis

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Loxton North (SA)
Recruited from: West Adelaide
Draft history: Pick No.6, 2015 national draft
Debut: Round 18, 2016
Brownlow votes: -

Player Sponsors

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Anthony & Mitchell Burgess

One of the league’s most exciting prospects having broken through late in 2018 in a brilliant display of his immense talent. 

After taking leave from the club to deal with mental health challenges earlier in the year, Francis performed brilliantly in the VFL and deservedly earnt his return to the senior side in round 19.

From then on, the 21-year-old was absolutely outstanding, impressing with his clean disposal and ability to read the play, and raking in 10 contested marks across the final two rounds of the season. 

A mark of the year contender in the last round against Port Adelaide was the cherry on top of a golden month of football, and with eight senior games now under his belt, the future appears blindingly bright for the South Australian.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 17
    • Kicks 7.6
    • Handballs 5.6
    • Disposals 13.2
    • Marks 4.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.8
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 55.3

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 West Coast Eagles FW1
Handballs 10 Adelaide Crows Rd 18
Disposals 20 West Coast Eagles FW1
Marks 9 West Coast Eagles FW1
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 GWS Giants Rd 15
Goals 1 Port Adelaide Rd 20
AFL Fantasy 78 West Coast Eagles FW1

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants L 112 - 40 6 5 11 4 0 0 1 1 1 0 47
2 St Kilda L 65 - 76 11 2 13 9 0 1 0 1 0 0 69
3 Melbourne W 112 - 130 8 5 13 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 60
4 Brisbane Lions W 112 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 North Melbourne W 58 - 116 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Collingwood L 69 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Geelong Cats L 86 - 54 9 3 12 7 0 2 0 2 0 2 66
8 Sydney Swans L 77 - 72 9 3 12 5 0 1 1 1 0 0 50
9 Fremantle W 60 - 53 7 8 15 6 0 1 1 1 1 0 63
10 Richmond L 73 - 50 3 9 12 3 0 1 2 4 0 0 47
11 Carlton W 74 - 33 2 6 8 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 29
13 Hawthorn W 96 - 77 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 West Coast Eagles L 106 - 71 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 GWS Giants W 77 - 71 11 5 16 3 0 1 0 5 0 0 73
16 Sydney Swans W 76 - 66 10 5 15 4 0 1 1 2 0 0 58
17 North Melbourne W 86 - 81 5 5 10 3 0 1 0 3 0 0 47
18 Adelaide Crows W 75 - 96 7 10 17 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 56
19 Gold Coast Suns W 96 - 106 6 3 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 36
20 Port Adelaide L 67 - 126 8 6 14 3 0 0 1 2 1 0 56
21 Western Bulldogs L 33 - 137 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Fremantle W 55 - 87 5 7 12 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 45
23 Collingwood L 76 - 65 8 8 16 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 60
FW1 West Coast Eagles L 116 - 61 14 6 20 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 78
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 11 129 96 225 80 0 10 10 30 3 3 940

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 27
    • Kicks 7.8
    • Handballs 5.0
    • Disposals 12.7
    • Marks 4.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.8
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 55.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Port Adelaide Rd 23, 2018
Handballs 10 Adelaide Crows Rd 18, 2019
Disposals 20 West Coast Eagles FW1, 2019
Marks 11 Port Adelaide Rd 23, 2018
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 GWS Giants Rd 15, 2019
Goals 1 Port Adelaide Rd 20, 2019
AFL Fantasy 94 Port Adelaide Rd 23, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 Essendon 129 96 225 80 0 10 10 30 3 3 940
2018 Essendon 51 15 66 32 0 8 4 11 1 0 325
2017 Essendon 10 12 22 7 0 0 1 3 1 3 93
2016 Essendon 20 11 31 12 0 5 2 5 1 2 145

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Awards

AFL Awards

2018 Rising Star nominee

Milestones

Milestone Games

Milestone Versus Round Venue Result
AFL debut Brisbane Rd 18, 2016 Marvel Stadium L 37