Sydney superstar Lance Franklin has sensationally put contract talks on maintain till the top of the season as he weighs up his playing future.
The AFL future of the 35-year-old has been within the highlight this week after studies emerged that he was set to depart the Swans with Brisbane the main contender.
Franklin launched a statement by way of his supervisor Adam Finch on Saturday morning saying he’ll decide on the finish of the 12 months and hinted that retirement is an choice.
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“At this stage conversations have been paused around my contract so I can put all my focus on playing footy. No further comment will be made until the season is done and I have decided about my future,” the statement learn.
“I am still undecided and need time after the season to make a family decision about whether I continue to play next year.”
Franklin’s nine-year take care of the Swans expires this 12 months the place he’ll once more be a restricted free agent.
He has kicked 41 targets from 17 video games this 12 months, together with 4 in spherical two when he turned the sixth participant in historical past to kick 1000 targets.
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan says the studies caught him unawares, however the Lions are positively eager to speak to the veteran ahead.
Fagan, who is aware of Franklin effectively from his time at Hawthorn as an assistant coach, stated these plans had been “news to me” and will point out Franklin was intending to hold up his boots.
If he desires to play on nonetheless, Fagan was adamant the Lions could be thinking about exploring bringing Franklin to the Gabba.
“I would have thought if they are moving to Queensland, then that’s perhaps an indication that Bud’s going to retire from AFL football,” Fagan stated.
“That’s sort of how I read it.
“If it came to pass down the track that they do move here and then someone reaches out from his camp and suggests that he still wants to play, then we’d be remiss as a footy club not to go and have a conversation with him.
“But we’re not the only club in Queensland, there’s the Gold Coast Suns as well.”
No matter performs out with Franklin, Fagan stated there was little doubt the two-time premiership participant and four-time Coleman medallist could be a precious asset regardless of his advancing years.
“I think every football club in the country would be keen to get Buddy Franklin to their footy club if that was a possibility,” Fagan stated.
“Based on his form this year, he’s played some pretty good football, but that really all depends on him and what he wants to do and what he wants to get out of his football career.
“Right now if he put a full stop on it, what a brilliant career. One of the greatest of all time.”
Earlier this week, Swans chief govt Tom Harley stated the membership would love Franklin to maintain playing so long as he desires to and claimed there may be “nothing untoward” within the delay on a brand new deal.
– With AAP
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