The talk was on and all of a sudden he made the move.
Hawthorn front-line enforcer and goal-kicking maestro, Buddy (Lance) Franklin, did a switcheroo on a supposedly expected transfer to the GWS (Greater Western Sydney) Giants concluding the 2013 AFL season. Buddy instead had a Sydney love affair and went to Sydney Swans for a handsome fee.
Perhaps this was for the best for Buddy, who was used to being in a high-performing team like Hawthorn.
Then again, the GWS Giants would have produced a challenging situation for Buddy. GWS Giants are a relatively young, largely inexperienced and an improving and developing team who would have looked continuously to Buddy to lead and perform.
Although Sydney will never be Hawthorn, Buddy can have a change in his life for the better. Hopefully Buddy can see it this way and maintain such a adjustment, and this would have obviously been one of the predominant motivations behind his move to Sydney and the Sydney Swans.
There is a new lifestyle in Sydney for Buddy, although a little more fast-paced compared to Melbourne. Buddy will learn the tactics and methods from the viewpoint of one his competitors, his main competitors, in the Sydney Swans.
Buddy Franklin is like a Sonny Bill Williams of the NRL and Sydney Roosters and Alessandro Del Piero of Sydney FC and Shinji Ono of Western Sydney Wanderers from the Hyundai A-League. All made changes to transfer to new sporting teams, teams in Sydney, which is a credit to the Sydney area.
Efforts would have surely been taken to make these star players feel right at home in their new teams and new area, especially for overseas players like Del Piero and Ono.
Franklin is still close to GWS Giants, being in the Sydney area. Buddy might keep relations with the Giants to support AFL teams in the Sydney area.
If and when Buddy’s time is up at the Sydney Swans, he may just make that trip to GWS Giants and the Western Sydney area; Western Sydney offers a quieter area for Buddy in the suburbs rather than the city of Sydney.
Buddy played for Hawthorn for nine years, from 2005 to 2013, and scored 182 goals to be the 31st most all-time goal-scorer in AFL history. Buddy earned a Coleman medal in 2008 and 2011 and won two AFL Premierships in 2008 and 2013 (Lance Franklin, Hawthorn Football Club / Lance Franklin Statistics).
- · AFL Tables, ‘Lance Franklin’ statistics.
- · Cordy, Neil (October 1, 2013) ‘Sydney has made a bid to steal Lance Franklin at the last minute’, The Daily Telegraph
- · Hawthorn Football Club, ‘Lance Franklin’