Tom Boyd has offered some advice to 2021 pick one Jason Horne-Francis after the South Australian requested a trade after one season at North Melbourne.
Boyd – who famously left GWS after one season in 2014 – was selected with pick one in the 2013 AFL Draft and understands the pressure that comes with the highest selection.
The 27-year-old left the Giants for Western Bulldogs on a seven-year deal worth $1 million per season.
Boyd spoke on AFL Trade Radio on the expectations that come with being the number one pick but spoke to the importance on doing what was right for his career.
“Players have the right to make decisions that they deem best for their overall career,” Boyd said.
“You do have a certain level of expectation as a No.1 pick, that comes with the territory. It certainly does come with added responsibility and added challenges.
“This is the great misconception of people thinking of footballers as footballers, not people.”
“Football is a short game, the average career is about three and a half years and you do need to capitalise both financially and in a sense of trying to accomplish as much as you can in that short period.
“I think that as long as he has sound advice around him and he has people in his corner that are telling him about the harsh truths about being traded as the number one pick that comes with burdens and challenges… I think he’ll be just fine”
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Horne-Francis requested a trade to Port Adelaide, following two wins at the Kangaroos in 2022.
The 19-year-old has been visibly stressed throughout the season and has been involved in minor issues, including a social media blunder that presented a mock trade.
Media personality Kane Cornes said earlier in the year that Horne-Francis won’t be at North Melbourne in 2023 amid the constant struggles at the club.
Newly appointed coach Alastair Clarkson has also been stood down due to the ongoing investigation into racism claims, adding more turmoil to the Kangaroos.
Alike Horne-Francis, Boyd was watched very closely by the AFL world as a highly talented player.
The Eastern Ranges product’s career was heavily scrutinised following his decision to join the Bulldogs on such a lucrative deal, with criticism over whether it was worth it.
However, at the age of 23, Boyd retired due to dealings with mental health issues and ongoing injury concerns.
Boyd left the game at the end of 2019 with 61 games and 50 goals to his name, but was able to achieve the ultimate success prior to his departure.
In 2016, the club broke the 54-year premiership drought, defeating Sydney which capped a perfect month of football since the Dogs came from seventh on the ladder.
Boyd was a pivotal part of that decider, slotting three goals from eight marks and 14 touches, falling just behind Jason Johannisen in the Norm Smith Medal count.