Infotainment Factory: Legend calls for Swans to trade $10m Buddy

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Legend calls for Swans to trade $10m Buddy


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Lance Franklin should be traded by the Sydney Swans back to a Melbourne club, Collingwood great Tony Shaw says.

Shaw named the Magpies as a perfect destination for 'Buddy', though voiced doubts about whether he could fit under their salary cap.

The Pies legend told The Daily Telegraph that Sydney's premiership window appeared closed and the Swans might as well get some trade value from their $10 million megastar, who is now 32.

“Buddy’s got four years left on his [nine-year] contract. A lot of things can happen in four years, but say, the next two years, do you think you can see the Sydney Swans winning a premiership?” Shaw said.

“They’ve been a fantastic club and things turn around … but I’m thinking maybe while Buddy still has a little bit to offer you can go the reverse and build for another couple of years down the track, long-term and get some, I would think, very early draft picks.

“He might think it’s (a premiership) is going to happen there. But I just see some issues.”

Shaw questioned the overall impact of Franklin at Sydney, given he hasn't won a premiership during his stint with the Swans, while no elite forward talent has emerged with 'Buddy' as the dominant man up front.

Lance Franklin should be traded by the Sydney Swans back to a Melbourne club, Collingwood great Tony Shaw says.

Shaw named the Magpies as a perfect destination for 'Buddy', though voiced doubts about whether he could fit under their salary cap.

The Pies legend told The Daily Telegraph that Sydney's premiership window appeared closed and the Swans might as well get some trade value from their $10 million megastar, who is now 32.

“Buddy’s got four years left on his [nine-year] contract. A lot of things can happen in four years, but say, the next two years, do you think you can see the Sydney Swans winning a premiership?” Shaw said.

“They’ve been a fantastic club and things turn around … but I’m thinking maybe while Buddy still has a little bit to offer you can go the reverse and build for another couple of years down the track, long-term and get some, I would think, very early draft picks.

“He might think it’s (a premiership) is going to happen there. But I just see some issues.”

Shaw questioned the overall impact of Franklin at Sydney, given he hasn't won a premiership during his stint with the Swans, while no elite forward talent has emerged with 'Buddy' as the dominant man up front.

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