Draft pick No.1 Jason Horne-Francis has described his first taste of full training in Port Adelaide as something he “never saw before” during a subtle dig at his old North Melbourne club.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who sensationally demanded a move from the Kangaroos after just one turbulent season, returned to full training after Christmas after undergoing surgery on both legs at the end of October.
A medical evaluation of Power revealed that Horne-Francis had “substantial compression of the arteries at the back of his knees” which led to pain in his calves and feet during his first AFL campaign.
“It was quite a serious operation that had to be done,” he told the club’s website.
“There are no problems with them now, other than some pretty bad scars. Everything is going very well. I’m back in full training and I’ve never seen the level we’re training at here before.
“It’s a competitive environment and that’s something I love. The level of training we are at is great and I love being out on track with the guys.
“Coming to a new club and being in rehab has obviously been tough. I haven’t been able to be with the guys as much as I would have liked, but it’s definitely been great to be back in training now.”
North Melbourne agreed to part ways with Horne-Francis after a year in which the homesick teenager clashed with teammates on the field and was released to the VFL for not having an ice bath.
The South Australian joined Port Adelaide alongside ex-Eagle Willie Rioli in a mega four-club deal, with the Kangaroos taking picks two and three in last year’s draft and the first-rounder of the Power 2023 while earning the No. 1 pick after sent the giants.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/afl/horne-francis-thriving-in-power-s-competitive-environment-20230212-p5cjxd.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Jason Horne-Francis thrives in Power’s “competitive environment.”