The Brisbane Lions have emerged as a genuine contender to land the signature of the biggest name in the AFL.
The future of Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin has been one of the biggest talking points in Australian sport since news emerged the Swans star may not remain in Sydney beyond this season.
Wide World of Sports understands Franklin has informed the Swans that he will depart at the end of 2022, and it’s believed he and wife Jesinta are motivated to move north to be close to family on the Gold Coast.
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Franklin’s desire to play on at the age of 35 is strong and fuelled by a motivation to win more premierships.
It’s for that reason the Lions have emerged as the leading destination for Buddy.
It’s understood conversations between Brisbane and Franklin’s management have taken place about a possible move to the Gabba.
As an unrestricted free agent, Franklin can join any club in the competition without Sydney having the option to match a bid.
The potential arrival of Franklin would add even more star power to the Lions’ forward line, joining Joe Daniher, Eric Hipwood and Charlie Cameron.
Dan McStay is expected to depart the Lions at the end of the year, with Collingwood reported to be the likely destination and Brisbane unlikely to be able to match the offer put to the restricted free agent.
A McStay departure would open a big hole for Buddy to slot in at the Lions.
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