Lloyd begs Swans not to pay surpluses for Franklin


Sydney shouldn’t break the bank holding on to the all-time great Lance Franklin, according to premiership bomber Matthew Lloyd.

Lloyd told Nine’s Sunday Footy Show that the legend of 332 games so far in 2022 hasn’t had the impact on games it had before.

“He doesn’t play great football, even on the day he kicked his 1000th goal, he didn’t play great football, but he was late with his three or four,” he said.

“He has been in the coaches votes three times and was in round 18, he was last in the coaches votes in round 11.”

The 44-year-old capped what he thinks Franklin is worth and warned of the potential downsides of investing too much in youth development at the Swans.

“They have to be reasonable, him and his manager, about what he’s worth at 36,” Lloyd said.

“I might go to $600,000 because he’s Buddy Franklin and he puts bums on chairs, but no more than that and I wouldn’t lose any other players for the sake of extending Lance Franklin.

“There’s also Logan McDonald who plays in the seconds. He has to play AFL football every week next year, so I’d let Buddy walk if he stops that.”

The 1,030 forward has averaged 2.3 goals per game this year, the lowest total in his career since his second season in 2006, and has averaged 12 goals per game, despite being sometimes used further down the field to leverage his influence. to increase.

Rumors have suggested that Sydney’s offer to the veteran was well below Franklin’s expected price and has sparked speculation about a possible third club in 2023.

However, the Swans are hoping to put this aside and focus on a tilt into the upper echelons of the ladder after a smashing 65-82 win over Fremantle at Optus Stadium.