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Buddy Franklin’s ex-teammate Jordan Lewis says Collingwood and Fremantle should pay star big bucks

Buddy Franklin’s ex-teammate Jordan Lewis says Collingwood and Fremantle will have to pay the star a lot of money as Swans breach of contract comes shortly after his wife Jesinta trained to become a player-agent

  • Former Hawks star Jordan Lewis says Buddy is a buy for the Pies of Fremantle
  • Swans plans to offer Franklin deal with over $500,000 pay cut
  • Standoff Comes Just After Franklin’s Wife Completes AFL Players Agent Course

Former Hawthorn star Jordan Lewis said Collingwood and Fremantle should pursue his ex-teammate Lance Franklin, who he says is still in the top five in the AFL despite the Swans asking him for a huge pay cut to join the club. to stay.

Franklin’s $10 million, nine-year deal with Sydney is set to expire at the end of the season and Sydney has reportedly told him they’ll give him just $500,000 to play in 2023.

'Buddy' Franklin hugs teammate Jordan Lewis after a 2013 collision with the Magpies in the MCG.  Lewis believes the Swans star should still be top dollar in the AFL

‘Buddy’ Franklin hugs teammate Jordan Lewis after a 2013 collision with the Magpies in the MCG. Lewis believes the Swans star should still be top dollar in the AFL

Franklin's wife Jesinta (pictured together) recently completed a course and exam to become an AFL players' agent - which gave her the green light to get involved in contract negotiations

Franklin’s wife Jesinta (pictured together) recently completed a course and exam to become an AFL players’ agent – which gave her the green light to get involved in contract negotiations

Lewis was stunned by the standoff, which has left Franklin considering a move to a new team or retirement from footy, as he believes his size remains one of the top scorers in the league despite his age.

The news comes shortly after Franklin’s model wife, Jesinta, completed a three-day course and exam taken by the AFL Player’s Association to become a professional agent, giving her the green light to get involved in contract negotiations.

She has also revealed that the couple’s “dream” is to get out of Sydney and be closer to their children’s grandparents, who live in Western Australia and on the Gold Coast.

Lewis said his teammate, who won the 2008 and 2013 premiership, is a mainstay in the AFL’s top five and should be paid accordingly.

“It’s a bit of a shock to me,” he said on AFL 360.

“We are happy to pay 20 year olds, 21 year olds who haven’t proven themselves well and above what they’ve earned on potential.

“He’s shown year after year that he can command big dollars, and he’s still showing me – and I think the wider football community – that he can still control top dollar.”

He may be 35 but Franklin has proven he is still deadly with the boot, scoring 34 goals in 14 games as the Swans remain in the hunt for the top four

He may be 35 but Franklin has proven he is still deadly with the boot, scoring 34 goals in 14 games as the Swans remain in the hunt for the top four

Lewis believes Buddy’s experience would be a perfect fit for the Magpies and Dockers, who need a player of his stature to give them the boost they need to become a threat to the flag in 2023.

“The obvious ones to me that we’re talking about and they’re not just screaming for a key position player, but for a very good key position player, are Collingwood and Fremantle,” said Lewis.

AFL legend Eddie Betts said Franklin is worth the contract dough for putting “bums on chairs.”

Franklin intervenes to score his 1000th goal in the AFL, becoming only the sixth player to reach the incredible milestone

Franklin intervenes to score his 1000th goal in the AFL, becoming only the sixth player to reach the incredible milestone

Franklin salutes the crowd after fans flooded the field as he scored his 1000th goal against Geelong in round two

Franklin salutes the crowd after fans flooded the field as he scored his 1000th goal against Geelong in round two

Buddy has scored 34 goals for Sydney this season and became the only sixth player in AFL/VFL history to kick 1000 majors when he completed the feat against Geelong in round two.

Franklin is believed to be looking for a contract worth between $700,000 and $800,000 per season — which is still a significant pay cut.

Franklin has scored 449 goals during his time with the Swans and helped the club to two major finals, but Lewis believes he has also proved vital in helping young prospects become game winners.

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