Swans block out Lance Franklin contract noise, Lions ‘crazy’ not to chat with Buddy
Sydney veteran Luke Parker is adamant the uncertainty round Lance Franklin’s taking part in future received’t be a distraction within the membership’s AFL premiership hunt.
Franklin, who in March turned the sixth participant to attain 1000 VFL/AFL targets, has put contract talks with the Swans on maintain till the top of the season.
Watch Buddy reply to the most recent contract hypothesis within the video above
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The choice got here after a media report linked the 35-year-old with a shock transfer to Brisbane.
Franklin might be a restricted free agent on the finish of the season, with his monster nine-year deal with Sydney set to expire.
He has kicked 10 targets within the final three weeks, taking his season tally to 45 from 18 video games, and shapes as a key piece within the fourth-placed Swans’ flag puzzle.
“The noise outside doesn’t really penetrate the walls of the club,” Parker advised SEN on Monday.
“Some people would think there might be some awkward tension inside, but there’s not at all.
“For Bud, he’s playing some good football.
“He just came out and said he wanted to put things on hold just to make sure that that’s where his mindset was and didn’t want the distraction for the club.
“I know where his commitment is at the moment is for this season and this week, and hopefully that will continue going forward, but the main thing is he’s enjoying his football and he’s enjoying the opportunity that we have.
“At the moment it’s not at all really a distraction at our club.”
Brisbane soccer boss Danny Daly reiterated Lions coach Chris Fagan’s stance on Franklin, declaring the membership can be “crazy” not to discuss to the important thing ahead if he’s fascinated by a transfer north.
Franklin and his spouse Jesinta are reportedly contemplating relocating to Queensland to be nearer to household on the Gold Coast.
“There’s two clubs in Queensland but as Fages said, he’s got to decide whether he wants to retire, stay in Sydney or what he wants to do,” Daly advised TAB Radio on Monday.
“But if they decide they want to move to Queensland and he decides he wants to play football, we’d be crazy not to have a chat to him. We’ll just see how it pans out.”
Sydney host second-placed Collingwood on the SCG on Saturday in a contest that can assist form either side’ top-four prospects.
Parker was cautious not to stoke the hearth after Melbourne wingman Ed Langdon’s “one-trick pony” barb was used as motivation by Collingwood of their slim win over the Demons final week.
“It’s always a big test against Collingwood and we know they always send a few busloads of supporters up,” Parker mentioned.
“It will be a cracker and obviously it’s pretty important for this season. I won’t say anything too stupid to fuel the fire.”
– with AAP