North Melbourne’s Jason Horne-Francis’ social media blunder adds to contract speculation

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North Melbourne’s no.1 pick Jason Horne-Francis has added to the growing speculation amid contract negotiations, after liking a mock trade post by 7AFL that involved him returning to South Australia. 

The mock trade involved the South Australian being traded to Port Adelaide alongside a 3rd round draft pick, while the Kangaroos received Zak Butters, a 1st and 2nd round draft pick.

Horne-Francis has been amongst the media in recent weeks, building on the already tumultuous 2022 season, that has seen only one win in the first 12 rounds and the departure of coaching staff.

This social media blunder has followed incidents involving the high prized recruit, which saw the 18-year-old return home for Mother’s Day without the Kangaroos knowledge, resulting in a caution for failing to follow club protocols.

Caroline Wilson has expressed her worry on Channel 9’s Footy Classified, given what’s transpired lately. 

“This is just a small issues on its own, but because Jason Horne-Francis is such a symbol of what North Melbourne is hoping it will become in the next couple of years … in the context of a young star who won’t commit to the footy club,” Wilson said.

“We’ve heard a couple of reports about him in recent weeks that he’s been disenchanted, not happy with the way things are going at the footy club and then this after yet another shocking loss on the weekend.”

Essendon great Matthew Lloyd also weighed in on the situation, saying the young star has much to learn.

“It’s a naive thing to do and he’ll soon learn not to get involved doing anything like that,” Lloyd said.

Media sensation and former Port Adelaide player Kane Cornes also believes the situation involving Horne-Francis and his future with North Melbourne is alarming.

“He’s looked definitely frustrated on the bench when you’ve gone and seen him play live. It’s just another thing that North Melbourne are going to have to deal with,” Cornes said.

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