Buddy Franklin’s ex-teammate Jordan Lewis says Collingwood and Fremantle should pay star big bucks – as contract standoff with Swans comes soon after wife Jesinta passed course to change into a player agent
- Former Hawks star Jordan Lewis says Buddy is a buy for the Pies or Fremantle
- Swans plan to supply Franklin take care of a pay cut of greater than $500,000
- Standoff comes just after Franklin’s wife finished AFL player agent course
Former Hawthorn star Jordan Lewis said Collingwood and Fremantle should chase his ex-teammate Lance Franklin, who he believes continues to be within the AFL’s top five forwards despite the Swans asking him to take an enormous pay cut to remain on the club.
Franklin’s $10million, nine-year take care of Sydney finishes at the top of the season and Sydney have reportedly told him they’ll only give him $500,000 to play in 2023.
‘Buddy’ Franklin embraces teammate Jordan Lewis after a 2013 clash with the Magpies on the MCG. Lewis believes the Swans star should still command top dollar within the AFL
Franklin’s wife Jesinta (pictured together) recently accomplished a course and exam to change into an AFL player agent – giving her the green light to get entangled in contract negotiations
Lewis was stunned by the standoff, which has Franklin considering a switch to a recent team or retirement from footy, because he believes his mate stays one among the highest goal scorers within the competition despite his age.
The news comes soon after Franklin’s model wife Jesinta accomplished a three-day course and exam administered by the AFL Player’s Association to change into knowledgeable agent, giving her the green light to get entangled in contract negotiations.
She has also revealed it is the couple’s ‘dream’ to get out of Sydney and move to be closer to their kid’s grandparents, who live in Western Australia and on the Gold Coast.
Lewis said his 2008 and 2013 premiership-winning teammate is a mainstay within the AFL’s top five forwards and ought to be paid accordingly.
‘It has come as just a little little bit of a shock to me,’ he said on AFL 360.
‘We’re completely happy to pay 20-year-olds, 21-year-olds who have not yet proved themselves well and above what they’ve earnt to be paid on potential.
‘He has shown it yr on yr to find a way to command big dollars, and he continues to be showing it to me – and, I feel, the broader football community – that he can still command top dollar.’
He is likely to be 35, but Franklin has proved he continues to be deadly with the boot, scoring 34 goals in 14 games because the Swans stay within the hunt for the highest 4
Lewis believes Buddy’s experience could be an ideal fit for the Magpies and Dockers, who need a player of his stature to provide them the kind of boost they should change into threats for the flag in 2023.
‘The plain ones for me who we discuss they usually’re crying out for not only a key position player, but a superb key position player, are Collingwood and Fremantle,’ Lewis said.
AFL legend Eddie Betts said Franklin is well worth the contract dough because he puts ‘bums on seats’.
Franklin steps in to kick his a thousandth goal within the AFL, becoming just the sixth player to achieve the incredible milestone
Franklin salutes the group after fans flooded the sphere when he kicked his a thousandth goal against Geelong in round two
On Wednesday, Swans CEO Tom Harley said he isn’t concerned that the club doesn’t have a recent deal in place with Franklin at this point within the season.
Asked if he wanted the previous Hawk to complete his profession with Sydney, Harley replied: ‘There is no doubt about that’ – but refused to verify whether the star had been asked to take an enormous pay cut.
Nevertheless, he did shoot down rumours that the Swans want to exchange Franklin with Richmond superstar Dustin Martin.
Buddy has slotted 34 goals for Sydney this season and have become the just the sixth player in AFL/VFL history to kick 1000 majors when he achieved the feat against Geelong in round two.
It’s believed Franklin is looking for a contract price between $700,000 to $800,000 a season – which continues to be a big pay cut.
Franklin has kicked 449 goals in his time with the Swans and helped drive the club to 2 grand finals, but Lewis believes he has also proved vital in helping young prospects grow into game winners.