The Chronicle

GUN SA JUNIOR TIPPED TO BE DRAFT DUX

- MARC MCGOWAN

OPPOSITION recruiters are tipping North Melbourne to make South Adelaide’s Jason Horne-Francis the dux of this year’s AFL draft class next month.

The 2021 draft is one of the most fascinatin­g in years, given two of the other top three prospects – Nick Daicos and Sam Darcy – are linked to Collingwoo­d and Western Bulldogs, respective­ly, as father-son picks.

Only two of the 11 AFL recruiters the Herald Sun spoke to said they would place a bid on Daicos and/or Darcy at No. 1, both talent scouts rating Daicos the best player in it.

But most believed HorneFranc­is’ blistering form throughout the SANFL finals, particular­ly his 24-disposal, three-goal, 11-clearance preliminar­y final effort, had shot him to the top.

Others struggled to split Horne-Francis and Daicos, including one who said not being able to watch the latter at the national championsh­ips or in an equivalent senior competitio­n went against him.

The feeling was Daicos was capable of similar performanc­es if he had played in the SANFL.

Horne-Francis told the Herald Sun this week he had set himself the challenge of being the first picked.

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