Player Watch #23 Buddy Franklin - 5 goals away from 1,000

How long will Buddy play for Sydney?


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Kennedy Parker

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Lance Franklin
Lance Franklin is a giant of the game. The star Sydney Swans forward has played 300 AFL games, won two premierships with Hawthorn, is the seventh-greatest goal-kicker in VFL/AFL history, is one of just five men with eight All Australian blazers and is the most recent player to have kicked 100 goals in a season. The Western Australian is also one of just two players in the game’s history, along with former Swan and Saint Tony Lockett, to have booted 300 goals for two clubs. Franklin was added to a leadership group for the first time in his career ahead of season 2020, joining co-captains Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker and Dane Rampe, as well as Callum Mills. But the 33-year-old, who was named captain of the 2018 All Australian team, has long been considered an exceptional unofficial leader, so great is his impact on Will Hayward, Nick Blakey, Ben Ronke and the rest of Sydney’s young forwards.

Lance Franklin
DOB: 30 January 1987
DEBUT: 2005
DRAFT: #5, 2004 National Draft
RECRUITED FROM: Dowerin (WA)/Perth (WAFL)/Hawthorn

 

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Kennedy Parker

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I imagine they would just manage him so he doesn't go on any long interstate trips. It'll either happen in Sydney or Melbourne.
 

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rustycrate

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Oct 18, 2018
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Buddy's nine year contract when signed seemed a million miles away. Now the ninth year is imminent.
What a glorious ride it has been.
The goals from the left side of field I have enjoyed the most. In his last few strides he veers away from goal and kicks 60+m bombs that are steered right and fade left between the sticks.
For a superstar he is humble. Even takes out his own bins.
For our young recruits, it must be amazing just training with him.
I for one will enjoy watching him play this year. The big Bud.
 

Grand Uncle Horace

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May 24, 2017
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No other player has given me as many genuine belly laughs as Buddy. This includes games I watched when he played at Hawthorn. The two things bigger than his size and ability have been his appetite for and imagination of the game.

He has the alpha wolf's hunger for the ball and the contest. No-one demands the ball more than Buddy. This is not just from team mates but of the footy gods. For all this he is not selfish. He will always look for mates in better positions while backing himself to take the game by the scruff of the neck when needed.

It is his imagination that I think brings so much joy and mirth. It often gets him into strife when he takes on the improbable - breaking successive tackles for example -and falling short. In the moment he is cranky, 'how could I not do that?' But then he shakes it off and tries something else that does come off.

His errors and triumphs can both make people laugh because of the sheer audacity of his imagination and the will to make the improbable happen.
 

Mister B

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Oct 18, 2005
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No other player has given me as many genuine belly laughs as Buddy. This includes games I watched when he played at Hawthorn. The two things bigger than his size and ability have been his appetite for and imagination of the game.

He has the alpha wolf's hunger for the ball and the contest. No-one demands the ball more than Buddy. This is not just from team mates but of the footy gods. For all this he is not selfish. He will always look for mates in better positions while backing himself to take the game by the scruff of the neck when needed.

It is his imagination that I think brings so much joy and mirth. It often gets him into strife when he takes on the improbable - breaking successive tackles for example -and falling short. In the moment he is cranky, 'how could I not do that?' But then he shakes it off and tries something else that does come off.

His errors and triumphs can both make people laugh because of the sheer audacity of his imagination and the will to make the improbable happen.
Lost count of the amount of times I watched and said under my breath "you can't do that, it's not possible." Seconds later, jaw to the ground saying "well I guess you can do that."
 

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