Jason Horne-Francis during North Melbourne's game against Gold Coast in round 23, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

PORT Adelaide has made a bold play for North Melbourne's No.1 draft pick Jason Horne-Francis, who is keen on a bombshell move to the Power.

Horne-Francis has been unsettled at stages throughout his first year at the Kangaroos and it is understood the young star will lodge a trade request to get to the Power.

The Power are keen to land Horne-Francis and have significant ties to the midfielder, who trained with the club in his draft year and whose father is former Port Adelaide player Fabian Francis.

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Horne-Francis added Francis to his surname in his draft season in 2021 to acknowledge the influence of the Power original on his life.

It is believed the 19-year-old has been homesick throughout his first campaign at the Roos and still has a strong pull back to Adelaide. After initial talks about extending his contract at North for a further two years, Horne-Francis put off those discussions and has one year remaining on his deal at the Kangaroos.

Malcolm Blight presents a guernsey to No.1 pick Jason Horne-Francis at the 2021 NAB AFL Draft. Picture: AFL Photos

For Port Adelaide to land Horne-Francis it would need to offer up at least its No.8 pick this year and also the club's future first-round pick.

North Melbourne on Sunday confirmed AFL.com.au's earlier report, with list manager Brady Rawlings saying the club had been informed by Horne-Francis management of his trade intentions.

"Jason is contracted for next year, we've invested significantly in him as our first-ever No.1 pick just 12 months ago and we view him as a key part of the club's plans going forward," Rawlings said.

"We appreciate Jason's circumstances but at the same time we're determined to look after the best interests of North Melbourne."

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The Power had some interest in Richmond midfielder Jack Graham but didn't commit to a deal, given they have also been protecting their draft hand this year as Horne-Francis weighs his next move, knowing to get a trade over the line would require a full hand of selections.

Last year, Adelaide made a huge bid for Horne-Francis by offering the Kangaroos three early draft selections for the coveted No.1 pick, while Richmond also put forward a package for the chance to select Horne-Francis.

However, North knocked back both big offers to pick the South Adelaide product with its first ever No.1 choice.


The powerful midfielder/forward played 17 games in his debut season and was a NAB AFL Rising Star nominee, but was also in the headlines for his on-ground demeanour at different stages during North's difficult season.

Greater Western Sydney's Tom Boyd left the Giants a year after joining the club as its No.1 pick to join the Western Bulldogs.