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“News to him”: Swans respond to report linking Lance Franklin to rival

Brisbane has reportedly emerged as a genuine contender to sign Sydney champion Lance Franklin.

According to Wide World of Sports, Franklin has informed the Swans that he will depart the club at the end of the 2022 season.

The report also says Franklin and his wife Jesinta are keen to move north for family reasons.

The out-of-contract 35-year-old is yet to agree on a new deal with the Swans.

Sydney CEO Tom Harley has told Sportsday co-host and Swans champion Gerard Healy that the Franklin report is “news to him”.

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“It worries me that Tom Harley isn’t quoted, and it worries me that he’s said that he’s informed the Swans – because he hasn’t informed the Swans,” Healy said on Sportsday.

“That’s all I know. If this is true, he hasn’t informed the Swans.

“That element of it is untrue which then tends to tell me that most of it’s untrue.

“Tom Harley says it’s news to him. I just spoke to Tom. He said, ‘news to him’.

“If he has (told the Swans), he must’ve told the boot-studder because he hasn’t told the CEO.

“He hasn’t heard that, so it puts a question mark on that story.

“If may well prove to be right, but elements of it right now are wrong.”

Franklin has booted 1036 goals across a decorated 335-game career.

The four-time Coleman Medallist has kicked 41 goals from 17 games in 2022.

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