A highly regarded junior player, Aaron Francis was drafted by Essendon with the 6th pick in the 2015 National Draft. He is a key position player who has shown immense ability at both ends of the field, both in the air and at ground level.
Francis debuted in his first year at the Bombers in Round 18 against Brisbane, imposing himself on the game with 16 disposals and 7 marks. Francis played a further 2 games in the 2016 season, showing the Bomber’s faithful glimpses of the future and just why he went so high in the draft.
After a frustrating 2017 and 2018 with injuries, Francis finished the 2018 season playing the last 5 games, earning himself a Rising Star Nomination along the way. A solid pre-season has been the key for Francis finally getting reward for effort as he enjoys consistent contributions over 2019 and 2020.