Latest World News

Sydney Swans respond to Lance Franklin’s bombshell statement on AFL future

7

Sydney Swans president Andrew Pridham says he is “very supportive” of Lance Franklin’s decision to delay contract talks until the end of the AFL season.

The superstar forward’s future has been in the spotlight this week after reports emerged that he had identified the Brisbane Lions as a potential new home.

The 35-year-old released a statement via his manager Adam Finch on Saturday to confirm he will make a final decision on the end of the year, hinting that retirement is also an option.

Analysis, local footy and the biggest moments, Seven and 7plus are the home of footy shows for every fan. Stream them all for free on 7plus >>

The Swans have repeatedly shared their confidence in securing Franklin’s signature but have now accepted his position.

“We are very supportive of Lance putting off making a decision on his contract until post-season,” Pridham told 7NEWS.com.au.

With Sydney firmly in contention for the premiership, sitting fourth on the ladder heading into Sunday’s clash with North Melbourne, the chairman says Franklin’s decision is sensible as the club focuses on the finals.

“Lance needs to focus on football for the rest of the season,” Pridham said.

“We can pick it up at the end of the season.”

Lance Franklin has confirmed retirement is an option after the end of this season. Credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The negotiations to extend Franklin’s original nine-year contract were handled by the highest levels of club management, including chief executive Tom Harley.

Pridham says the Swans are supportive of Franklin’s needs and in complete agreement with Franklin’s management regarding this approach.

“At this stage conversations have been paused around my contract so I can put all my focus on playing footy,” Franklin said.

“No further comment will be made until the season is done and I have decided about my future.

“I am still undecided and need time after the season to make a family decision about whether I continue to play next year.”

7NEWS.com.au understands there is no indication Franklin wants to play for another team.

The Swans will travel to Melbourne on Saturday afternoon ahead of their clash with the Kangaroos on Saturday afternoon, with coach John Longmire expected to provide a brief update on Franklin.

Source: 7News