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Buddy Franklin leaves Sydney for Brisbane Lions

Buddy Franklin has reportedly made a decision about his future and is ready to turn his back on Sydney in order to sign with the Brisbane Lions.

“I can confirm that the Brisbane Lions are the frontrunners to be his (Franklin’s) club next year,” Nine News Queensland reporter Michael Atkinson said.

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“I understand Franklin has told the Swans that he will not be playing in Sydney next year,” he continued.

“Franklin and wife Jecinta want to move their family to Queensland to be closer to them on the Gold Coast. We want to win the premiership of the club and have identified Brisbane as the club most likely to help us reach that goal.”

The report continues that Lions and Franklin management have already begun talks.

Atkinson said it would still take some time before the deal would go into effect as no club can sign Franklin until the trade period begins.

But Franklin is also an unrestricted free agent. That means he can join any club, even if the Swans can’t come up with a bid.

Forward Dan McStay is expected to likely head south as he is strongly tied to a five-year, $3 million deal with Collingwood.

Swans CEO Tom Hurley refuted the report off-air at 3AW’s Sportsday after the interview, saying, “It’s news.”

Franklin and his wife Jecinta made many headlines in recent months after bombshell news The 35-year-old believed Swans was underestimating him..

Franklin joined the Swans from Hawthorn in 2014 for nine years and $10 million. Star forward was looking for $700,000 per season.

Franklin has been prone to injuries in recent years, but the scene where fans flood the SCG kicked his 1000th career goal Earlier this year he showed that he is still one of the sport’s biggest drawers.

But reports of a move from Sydney dominated headlines in early July, Jecinta said channel 7 morning show “There are options,” when asked about the speculation.

“There’s always been rumors and speculation swirling around Budd, and I think this was always going to happen when he was trying to end such a great contract,” she said.

“But I think they are just that. Those are rumors and speculation.

“We are really happy in Sydney right now. Life is already set up here, so we will have to see what happens.

“I still feel like he has a lot to give, and I feel like he still has great foot tee (left to him), and he feels great.

“He keeps saying, ‘I feel like I’m 21,’ which is great. And the stats really show that.”

In May, Jecinta also said: quality time with them. “

Jesinta Franklin was Miss Universe Australia 2010 and grew up on the Gold Coast.

couple I also own a beachside apartment just south of the Gold Coast Rumors swirl about selling the house in Sydney.

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