Player Watch #23 Buddy Franklin

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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The King!

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I was going back through this thread and found that you in the early years expressed the same views that tedeski does now - that nine years was too long and might come back to haunt us....interesting

i was worried he would break down after the flags, i still think it was too long, i think we need flags for it to be worth it

but i also think other contracts are worse
 

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Tedeski

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i was worried he would break down after the flags, i still think it was too long, i think we need flags for it to be worth it

but i also think other contracts are worse
We did nothing wrong by getting him & we all knew he had 6 maybe 7 years in him. Here we are. We enjoyed him but now we pay. It's been a win but it is the main reason (not the only one) we haven't been able to have a few extra dollars to keep players such as Mitchell, Jones, or entice good players from other clubs.
 

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We did nothing wrong by getting him & we all knew he had 6 maybe 7 years in him. Here we are. We enjoyed him but now we pay. It's been a win but it is the main reason (not the only one) we haven't been able to have a few extra dollars to keep players such as Mitchell, Jones, or entice good players from other clubs.

We took a risk

i just wish we would stop pretending his training the house down etc
 

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We wouldn't have got there without him in both 2014 & 2016 so he's been worth it.
We just have to wear these last few years & hope we can hang onto the young players we want.
We should as it’s only 1 player

plenty of clubs have big players but obviously don’t pay to much overs for the Reid’s if he world
 

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We wouldn't have got there without him in both 2014 & 2016 so he's been worth it.
We just have to wear these last few years & hope we can hang onto the young players we want.
We simply dont know the truth of this. We got there in 12 without him and the possible alternatives are not knowable.

Better to simply say that he has been well worth the gamble and great to watch (and may yet be again). we probably had the best player in the comp for 14-15 and amongst the best in the comp 16-18
 

Tedeski

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Every single dollar imo

how does 1 ruin our cap?
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Well you see this is what I think.
He plays 1 game for $2.9M.
Let's start there & then work it backwards to the decision to recruit players such as Lewis Taylor & Sam Gray who cant break into a team that could only score 2 goals on a perfectly dry track last night.

Then if you want to put blame on paying a bloke like Sam Reid 600K in amongst all the poor list management, the Buddy bit just sticks out like swollen dogs balls with xmas lights wrapped around them.
But hey, Sam Reid is on 600k. There's our problem right there!:rolleyes:
 

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He'll go 1 more year IMO to try and get to 1000 goals then that will be it. It's been a treat having him in the red and white and yes if only we got either 14 or 16 then that would of topped it off but it has been an overall success. It really would of been pointless bringing him back for the last couple of games, get some more games into the kids is the focus.
 

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Well you see this is what I think.
He plays 1 game for $2.9M.
Let's start there & then work it backwards to the decision to recruit players such as Lewis Taylor & Sam Gray who cant break into a team that could only score 2 goals on a perfectly dry track last night.

Then if you want to put blame on paying a bloke like Sam Reid 600K in amongst all the poor list management, the Buddy bit just sticks out like swollen dogs balls with xmas lights wrapped around them.
But hey, Sam Reid is on 600k. There's our problem right there!:rolleyes:
No I’m blaming the club in general because imo 1 player doesn’t ruin a cap
How did we have enough to offer Langdon 700+ per year?
 

Tedeski

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When that player can't get on the park, players from our club wanting financial reward question why they can't get a bit extra when negotiating a contract & any prospective player looking to move clubs, like when we got Mumford, won't just come for a little bit more than if they stayed. We don't have money to entice a new gun player.
But we see it different & that's ok.
Maybe we're just both right.
It really doesn't prove much anyway. We'll be having players using the club turnstile at trade time until we are rid of the Buddy contract.
 

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you are kidding, right?
i was worried he would break down after the flags, i still think it was too long, i think we need flags for it to be worth it

but i also think other contracts are worse
You need to look at this contract as a means to an end. We were competing with the AFL to sign him, and the way it was done was to stretch the length. I think without stretching the length the likelihood is deal doesn't get done. Perhaps we would still be looking at 2012 as our last GF experience? Of course it is too long, but I still think the Tippett contract was a much worse decision.
 

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