Sport Bombers' Francis takes time out from AFL

12:07  13 february  2018
12:07  13 february  2018 Source:   MSN

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It didn't take long for Francis to have an impact on the match, as he looked at ease across half-back from the opening bounce. Yet, the Bombers were level at quarter time , led by six at half- time and by Clark has not played an AFL match since round nine of last season. The 28-year-old is out of

Access Premium Content Free Live Pass Trial. Manage my AFL Live Pass. Michael Walters takes a leaf out of NBA star Stephen Curry's book with a brilliant pickpocket play. The Bombers have kicked one behind from just one entry in this time . Q0 00:-24. Ins for Bombers : D.Myers, J.Kelly, A. Francis , M.Hartley, M.Leuenberger, B.Stanton.

Aaron Francis has taken personal leave from AFL club Essendon, who have also lost Jayden Laverde for 10 weeks with a hamstring tendon injury.© Will Russell/AFL Media/Getty Images Aaron Francis has taken personal leave from AFL club Essendon, who have also lost Jayden Laverde for 10 weeks with a hamstring tendon injury. Top-10 AFL draft pick Aaron Francis has taken personal leave from Essendon.

Teammate Orazio Fantasia has revealed Francis had sought time away from the club.

There was also bad injury news for the Bombers, with a hamstring tendon injury to sideline Jayden Laverde for 10 weeks.

Laverde was injured during Saturday's intra-club hit-out.

Francis, the No.6 pick in the 2015 national draft, has only managed five games in two seasons.

After last season, he unsuccessfully sought a trade back to his native SA.

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After only four years in the AFL , the 22-year-old has already won a club best and fairest and earned All Australian honours on his way to becoming one of Bombers ' most important "To pick his brain and work out how he goes about it was great, but I certainly made sure I sat there and didn't say too much.

AFL Live Pass FAQs. Support. Logout. Essendon takes a 19point lead to the first change, its largest quarter time lead since Round 1 2015. Outs for Magpies: J.Smith, J.White, J.Blair. Q0 00:-26. Ins for Bombers : A. Francis , B.McNiece.

"He's an interesting one - he told the boys last week that he's just going to take a bit of personal time, away from the footy club," Fantasia told Adelaide 5AA radio on Tuesday.

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Aaron Francis ' rocky start to his AFL career has continued, with the Essendon teenager carried off during their Wednesday intraclub hitout. Bulldogs' late surge takes bite out of Bombers .

afl . For the first time all season, ­Essendon went into this game as favourites, but Brisbane were better from the start and the Bombers were never quite able to redress the balance. There were no signs of nerves as Francis took several impressive marks in defence.

"Aaron is going to be a crucial part of this team so to get him right off the field is No.1.

"You know how hard the game can be, even if you're in a good head space."

Laverde's hamstring strain is the latest injury blow for the 21-year-old, who has played 23 senior games since his 2015 debut.

He needed pre-season ankle surgery last year and did not return to the AFL until round 18.

Last week, Travis Colyer had foot surgery that will put him out of action for the first six rounds of the season.

But there is better news on star defender Michael Hurley, who hurt his left hand during Saturday's hit-out.

A scan has shown no wrist fracture and he could be available for AFL pre-season matches.

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