Buddy calls time

July 31, 2023 2:23 pm in by
Sydney star Lance Franklin has announced his retirement. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

SYDNEY and Hawthorn AFL great Lance Franklin has retired, with the Swans calling a media conference for Monday afternoon.

The 36-year-old was subbed out of Saturday night’s win over Essendon with a calf injury and he has told teammates his career is over.

Franklin, who won a premiership with the Hawks in 2008, is one of the game’s greatest Indigenous players and finished fourth among the AFL’s goalkickers with 1066 goals from his 354 games.

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He stunned the game at the end of the 2013 season by signing a massive nine-year deal with the Swans.

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