Sydney Swans forward Buddy Franklin is still “undecided” about his future in the sport, officially putting contract talks on hold and hinting at a possible retirement.
As reported by Nine reporter Michael Atkinson, The 35-year-old is considering turning his back on the Swans Signed with the Brisbane Lions.
Swans CEO Tom Hurley was quick to refute Nine’s report, confessing that the veteran forward’s move to Brisbane was “news to him”.
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Sports broadcaster Andy Marr later claimed that Franklin would remain at the Sydney-based club with a possible one-year contract extension.
“I can’t say where it came from, but Franklin is not going to Brisbane,” he said. Sen On Friday.
“He’s not going. He’s staying in Sydney and they’re gearing up for a deal. If this information is true and it’s clear where he’s coming from, he’ll be at Swans for another year. Sounds like playing “strong.” “
On Saturday morning, Franklin manager Adam Finch released a statement confirming that contract talks had been put on hold so the 1000 goal hero can focus on Sydney’s place in the final.
“At this stage, contract talks have been put on hold so I can focus on playing football,” Franklin said.
“I will have no further comment until the season is over and I have made a decision about my future.
“I’m still undecided and need time to make a decision with my family after the season on whether to continue playing next year.”
Franklin is in great shape this season with 41 goals in 17 appearances for the Swans. However, the ongoing contract drama has become a major distraction for John Longmire’s team as he approaches his September.
Former Hawthorn forward Ben Dixon claimed in an interview with Fox Footy that Franklin is more likely to “play on the Moon than Victoria” next year.
“I think[the rumors of a move to Brisbane]have real merit,” he said.
“My hunch is yes (he’s leaving Sydney).
“He’s more likely to play on the moon than Victoria.
“Going to another club doesn’t hurt your reputation in the game.
“He’s just going north.
“He’s a Perth boy, but those two clubs (Fremantle and West Coast) can be left out. You can leave out the Giants. It’s an elimination process – Gold Coast or Brisbane.
“Brisbane deserves to win.
“I know his motivation for signing a long-term deal with Sydney was sustained success.
“I think his drive and motivation is that he wants to win the flag.
“He could be Queensland’s hottest property.
“You look at it and say, ‘Which is closer to the flag (Gold Coast or Brisbane)?’ Well, Brisbane definitely does.”
Lions manager Chris Fagan believes Franklin is more likely to retire than continue his football career if he is considering a move to Queensland.
“I would have thought that if they moved to Queensland, that would probably mark Budd’s retirement from AFL football.
“When it comes to passing the truck that they move here, and. and neglect to talk.
“As far as I’m concerned, he’s a Sydney Swans player and if something like that happens, it will happen when the season is over.
“My most recent communication with him was a text message I sent him four months ago when he scored his 1000th (AFL) goal.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but what I see at the moment is to suggest that if he moves to Queensland to live there, he will retire.”
Franklin joined the Swans in 2014 from the Hawthorne Hawks for nine years and $10 million.
He’s been prone to injuries in recent years, but the scene where the 8-time All-Australian floods the SCG kicked his 1000th career goal It showed that he is still one of the biggest drawers in the sport.
The Swans will face North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with the first bounce scheduled for 1:10pm AEST.
first published as ‘TBA’: Sydney Swans forward Lance Franklin officially put on contract talks
AFL News 2022: Lance Franklin breaks silence on future, rumors from Swans to Lions
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