Lance Franklin on Dustin Martin trade, Sydney Swans, Richmond Tigers, future Chad Wingard, out-of-contract players, latest
A successful exchange of Lance Franklin for Dustin Martin has been launched.
Additionally, a great urged Hawthorn to consider treating one of his stars.
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COULD A BLOCKBUSTER BUDDY/DUSTY SWAP BE ON THE CARDS?
Lance Franklin’s future is up in the air after reports emerged this week that he was considering retiring or leaving the Swans amid frustrations over contract talks.
So could this open the door to a blockbuster swap for one of the game’s other biggest stars, Dustin Martin?
The Herald Sun reported Franklin, who is nearing the end of his mega nine-year, $10 million contract, has been unhappy with a low-ball offer from Sydney worth around $500,000 per season.
He comes despite age reporting that Franklin was ‘puzzled’ by such speculation about his next contract, while Swans CEO Tom Harley said he was ‘not worried’ the superstar striker would remain unsigned.
But there has also been speculation surrounding Martin’s future amid reports he could seek a trade to Sydney at the end of the season despite two years to fulfill his contract with the Tigers worth a total of $100,000. about $2.4 million.
Harley again played down interest in Martin and denied that the uncertainty surrounding Frankin’s contract is related to the club hoarding money for the Tigers superstar.
However, reporter Jay Clark asked if a Franklin/Martin swap could be considered.
“I think we all expected it to be a rubber stamp, some sort of formal situation, Buddy would do it again (in Sydney),” Clark said on Triple M.
“If you think of the big Melbourne clubs in the window, could he find something like this, where could he land?
“It makes you think, if Dustin Martin wants to get out of the fishbowl in Melbourne and up there in Sydney, enjoy a bit of anonymity up there, would Lance Franklin be in yellow and black? It’s very interesting.
“I think this trade period is going to be a godsend, and it’s a curve ball that we didn’t see coming from champion Lance Franklin.”
HAWKS ARE INVITED TO CONSIDER TRADE WINGARD
Awthorn legend Dermott Brereton thinks the club should entertain striker Chad Wingard.
Wingard was ruled out for the remainder of this season with a hamstring setback to cap an indifferent season for the 28-year-old as the rebuilding Hawks languish in 14th place on the ladder.
It comes after Wingard was one of several Hawks veterans put on the trade table last year as the club looked to bring in more draft picks before anything happened.
And speaking on SEN radio, Brereton, while acknowledging he is a “really good player”, believes Hawthorn should explore the commercial market again for Wingard.
“Where are the Hawks right now, I’d say if a team hits and says, ‘(We’re) the finished product, that can take us from 4th to 1st… we’re ready to offer X, Y and Z in terms of of player picks’, you would have to listen to those given where they are this year, they seem to have progressed, even if it is not quantified in terms of victories, they have done so with ten games and without a big contribution from Chad,” he said on SEN The race home.
“You don’t let your best players go, but if someone offers you something… you have to listen to them. And if it’s feasible for the good of your club, you have to take that into account.
Wingard, who is out of contract at the end of 2023, was traded with a third-round selection from Port Adelaide to Hawthorn in 2018 in exchange for Ryan Burton, Pick 15 (who turned out to be Xavier Duursma) and Pick 35 (Thomas Joyce).