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Lance Franklin, trade from Sydney Swans, move to Brisbane, Buddy, latest, contract, salary

The Brisbane Lions have responded to bombshell reports linked to Swans superstar Buddy Franklin.

According to Channel 9, Franklin, who is coming to the end of a nine-year, multi-million dollar spell with the Swans, wants to continue his career with the Lions.

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“It is my understanding that Franklin has informed the Swans that he will not be playing in Sydney next year,” Nine News Queensland reporter Michael Atkinson said on Thursday.

“Franklin and his wife Jacinta are interested in moving their family to Queensland to be closer to family on the Gold Coast.

But it’s not the Suns where he wants to continue playing, Buddy wants to win more premierships and says Brisbane is the club to help him achieve that goal.

According to reports, the Lions and Franklin’s management have already entered into discussions.

Lions officials told the Herald Sun they had not spoken to Franklin.

“But if he wants to move to Queensland, we would discuss it,” the Lions official said.

Swans chief executive Tom Hurley said the report was “news to him”.

Franklin’s future has been up for grabs in recent weeks as the 35-year-old became just the sixth player in AFL/VFL history to kick 1000 goals earlier this year and wants to play.

According to reports, Franklin’s move may be due in part to his family’s desire to move north of the border.

The move will be a huge boost for the Lions, who are struggling to shake off the coveted title after years of being contenders.

One of those reasons is that the Lions haven’t won at the MCG for almost a decade, but Franklin’s arrival will give Fagan’s side a premiership win that will lift them big time.

He also joins Joe Daniher, Eric Hipwood and Charlie Cameron in the Lions’ attacking line-up.

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