Buddy Franklin’s wife, Jesinta, lashes out at the theory that Sydney’s game against Richmond will be the superstar’s last game at the MCG, revealing her crash plan for the game.
- Jesinta Franklin Shocked For Talking About Buddy’s Last Game
- He insists that he will not fly to the MCG for the match.
- The Swans take on Richmond on Thursday night at the MCG
Jesinta Franklin has admitted she was shocked by comments from fans and pundits insisting her husband, AFL star Lance, could be playing his last game at the MCG against Richmond on Thursday night.
Franklin, who hasn’t taken the field since round 13 due to a knee injury, is a welcome inclusion for the Swans ahead of their must-match against the Tigers.
The 36-year-old veteran has staged two premierships at the famed ground, while taking the field in a further four grand final losses with Hawthorn and the Swans.
Franklin, who has played in 350 games and kicked 1,059 goals, is believed to be set to retire when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The Swans won’t be back at the MCG this year unless they shock everyone and reach the final, so there’s merit to the theory that Thursday’s game could be Franklin’s last on hallowed turf.
Jesinta Franklin has been shocked by fans and pundits who insist her AFL star husband could be playing his last game at the MCG on Thursday night.
Franklin looks set to retire at the end of the season, and the Swans won’t be playing at the MCG this year after the Tigers clash unless they reach the final.
Appearing on Channel 7’s The Morning Show, Jesinta said she didn’t know what the fuss was about about the possible ‘farewell game’.
“Actually, it’s so funny that you’d say that, because someone said it to me going in and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t even know this was something everyone was talking about,'” she said. .
I have not booked flights. I’m not going down.
Host Kylie Gillies responded: ‘Oh! she was going to ask This is how he promotes himself in Channel Seven’s football promos: ‘Could this be Bud’s last game at the MCG?’ You’re not even going?
Jesinta replied, ‘No, I’m not going.’
He was then asked about the sight of a visibly dazed Buddy in the coaches’ box during last Friday night’s disappointing draw with Geelong.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen it,” he said.
‘Everybody was texting me. I can’t remember what he was doing, he was probably giving the kids a bath or something (when the game was on).
Jesinta confirmed that she won’t be flying to the MCG for the Tigers clash, which could be an indication that she’s sure she’ll play on the famed ground again.
“I think it’s always frustrating for any athlete to be on the sidelines and, you know, it was a really big game… So he’s really looking forward to coming back this week.”
Someone else who isn’t thinking of the Tigers clash being Franklin’s last on the MCG is Swans co-captain Callum Mills.
‘Who knows? I don’t think Lance is thinking about that, or us, really,” she said.
“We’ll take each game as it comes and to be able to play him every week is special… this week is no different.”
“It’s always the case when we go to Melbourne, there’s a bit more talk about Bud, but that’s what happens when you play a superstar.”
“It’s almost a blessing because we get to be in the presence of one of the great players to play our game and we’re not really thinking about whether it’s his senior year.”