The Brisbane Lions have responded to a bombshell report linking them to Swans superstar Buddy Franklin
According to Channel 9, Franklin, who is coming to the end of his nine-year multimillion-dollar dear with the Swans, wants to continue his career at the Lions.
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“It’s my understanding that Franklin has informed the Swans that he won’t be playing in Sydney next year,” Nine News Queensland reporter Michael Atkinson said on Thursday.
“Franklin and his wife Jesinta have a desire to move their family up to Queensland to be closer to family on the Gold Coast.
“But it’s not the Suns where he wants to keep playing, Buddy wants to win more premierships and he’s identified Brisbane as the club most likely to help him achieve that goal.”
According to the report, Lions and Franklin’s management have already entered into discussions.
A Lions official told the Herald Sun they had not spoken to Franklin.
“But if he wants to move to Queensland we would have a chat,” the Lions official said.
Swans CEO Tom Harley, meanwhile, said the report was “news to him”.
Franklin’s future has been one of the hot topics in recent weeks, with 35-year-old, who became just the sixth player in AFL/VFL history to kick 1000 goals earlier this year, wanting to play on.
According to the report, Franklin’s move would be in part because of his family’s desire to relocate north of the border.
The move would be a massive boost for the Lions, who have struggled to rid the unwanted pretender title after being a contender for years.
One of those reasons is because Lions haven’t won at the MCG for close to a decade, but Franklin’s arrival would give Fagan’s team a premiership-winner who lifts in the big moments.
It would also add to the Lions’ lethal forward line, where he would join Joe Daniher, Eric Hipwood Charlie Cameron.