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Why Buddy Franklin is almost untradeable

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Unless the Swans were prepared to pay a significant portion of his exorbitant contract over the final three years, Lance Franklin is virtually untradeable. It is a hypothetical trade that belongs in the realm of fantasy football competitions.

The club that took on Buddy would be picking up the following: a 33-year-old due about $1.4 million next year, a 34-year-old owed approximately $1.5 million in 2021 and then a 35-year-old Franklin entitled to "only" $1 million in the ninth year of that contract in 2022.

Virtually untradeable: Lance Franklin.Credit:AAP

No club that Franklin would consider, would entertain those numbers - a tick under $4 million over three seasons - despite his lofty stature in the game. No sane club in finals contention has that kind of room in their salary cap, and in the unlikely event that a lowly team was seduced by the prospect of landing Buddy, I can't see Franklin crossing to a team with little immediate prospects of success.

Buddy will almost certainly be the highest paid player in the competition over 2020 and 2021, and his output is - quite reasonably and predictably - on the downswing. He has already defied the life cycle of normal footballers to be among the........

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