Dons hope for early impact from top-10 picks

ESSENDON hopes its top-10 draft picks Darcy Parish and Aaron Francis will be ready to feature early next season, but will not be placing any extra pressure on the pair to immediately make an impact in 2016.

The Bombers selected Parish (pick five) and Francis (pick six) at last week’s NAB AFL Draft, and they arrived at the club on Friday.

So far they have taken part in a limited number of training drills as they are introduced to Essendon’s pre-season program.

Assistant coach Mark Harvey said the talented duo, who were both named as under-18 All Australians this season, would carry “a little bit of extra expectation” into their debut season as early picks but that there was room for them to break into Essendon’s line-up.

“If you have a look at the way first-year players are going, depending on where the team’s at, they certainly can get inducted quite quickly into senior football,” Harvey told¬†AFL.com.au.

“We’ve still got a fairly mature group, but we have got some issues in our team we need to rectify and I’d say some of these kids qualify for pressing for selection.

“It will be a progression for both of those guys, but we have high hopes and high standards that these guys can hopefully set.

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