AFL Trades: Adelaide Crows reportedly make godfather offer to North Melbourne Kangaroos for pick 1
North Melbourne are refusing to part with their prized pick 1, despite an enormous bid from Adelaide to snare the top pick in the hopes of landing Jason Horne-Francis.
The Crows reportedly offered pick 4 as well as two future first-round selections in exchange for first dibs at the 2021 draft, according to afl.com.au’s Cal Twomey.
With Sam Darcy and Nick Daicos to be taken as father-son selections, after Western Bulldogs and Collingwood put in the work early to secure draft points for the top-three prospects, Adelaide made the godfather offer for local product Horne-Francis.
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North Melbourne reportedly knocked back the offer, the club’s first-ever pick 1, and are also set to bypass making bids on Darcy and Daicos to give the South Australian the honour of being the top selection.
“(The Kangaroos) have a chance to put their flag in the ground,” Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph about taking Horne-Francis at pick 1.
“They could bid on a (father-son selection) or they could just say ‘this is our bloke’,” Ralph told Trading Day.
“He wants to be the number 1 pick … you reward a kid who wants to be the number 1 pick in the draft and he deals with the pressure.”
St Kilda great Leigh Montagna said there was “daylight” between those who could have their name called first on draft night, saying Horne-Francis was “absolutely the best (under 18s) player in the country. This kid’s phenomenal.”
“I think he’s going to be an absolute superstar and every bit as good as Matt Rowell and Sam Walsh and what they’ve been able to do at AFL level,” he said.
“When you watch him play at his age, the size, the power, the skills and what he can do in contest and in traffic, this kid’s going to be an absolute star.”
Adelaide would have secured pick 2 if they didn’t beat North Melbourne in the final round of the AFL season.
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