The Brisbane Lions have responded to a bombshell report linking them to Swans famous person Buddy Franklin
In keeping with Channel 9, Franklin, who’s coming to the top of his nine-year multimillion-dollar pricey with the Swans, desires to proceed his profession on the Lions.
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“It’s my understanding that Franklin has knowledgeable the Swans that he received’t be enjoying in Sydney subsequent 12 months,” 9 Information Queensland reporter Michael Atkinson mentioned on Thursday.
“Franklin and his spouse Jesinta have a want to maneuver their household as much as Queensland to be nearer to household on the Gold Coast.
“Nevertheless it’s not the Suns the place he desires to maintain enjoying, Buddy desires to win extra premierships and he’s recognized Brisbane because the membership almost certainly to assist him obtain that purpose.”
In keeping with the report, Lions and Franklin’s administration have already entered into discussions.
A Lions official informed the Herald Solar they’d not spoken to Franklin.
“But when he desires to maneuver to Queensland we might have a chat,” the Lions official mentioned.
Brisbane midfielder Jarrod Berry mentioned the Lions gamers’ group chat lit up on Thursday evening after the bombshell report emerged
“I used to be speaking to the boys on textual content final evening, we reckon we simply line them up on the proper facet of the bottom and kick it lengthy,” he mentioned on Triple M Brisbane.
“Yeah it positively could be fairly particular…you develop up watching these guys. Even Hodgey (Luke Hodge), with the ability to play with him was one of many highlights of my profession.
“ It’d be superior if Buddy got here.”
Swans CEO Tom Harley, in the meantime, mentioned the report was “information to him”.
Franklin’s future has been one of many scorching subjects in latest weeks, with 35-year-old, who turned simply the sixth participant in AFL/VFL historical past to kick 1000 objectives earlier this 12 months, desirous to play on.
In keeping with the report, Franklin’s transfer could be partly due to his household’s want to relocate north of the border.
The transfer could be an enormous enhance for the Lions, who’ve struggled to rid the undesirable pretender title after being a contender for years.
A kind of causes is as a result of Lions haven’t received on the MCG for near a decade, however Franklin’s arrival would give Fagan’s crew a premiership-winner who lifts within the large moments.
It will additionally add to the Lions’ deadly ahead line, the place he would be a part of Joe Daniher, Eric Hipwood Charlie Cameron.