Buddy keen to extend career past current deal

Lance Franklin has indicated he would like to play on past his current contract as he nears the magical 1000-goal mark.

After managing just 29 games over the previous three seasons combined, Franklin has enjoyed a return to the field this season, kicking 19 goals from his six games so far.

The 34-year-old’s six goals against Fremantle in Round 10 drew him to within 37 goals of the four figure, a mark which only five other players have reached in VFL/AFL history.

Franklin’s nine-year, $10 million Swans deal expires at the end of 2022, and he expressed a desire to play on alongside Sydney’s fast-developing young core of players.

“I just focused on getting myself in good condition and resilient, so I can hopefully play week in, week out for the rest of my career,” he said.

“I’m just focusing on what I’ve got to do this year and then next, and we’ll come to a decision when the time’s right.

“It’d be nice (to play past 2022) – if my body’s holding up and I’m feeling good, then we’ll have that chat. I just need my body to hold up. There’s a lot of great young talent at this football club and it’d be great to go all the way with them.”

Despite being so close to joining the likes of Lockett, Dunstall and Ablett Sr, Franklin said the 1000-goal mark was not at the front of his mind.

“That’s not my focus at the moment,” Franklin said. “My focus is playing and winning. If that happens, it happens. For me it’s more about playing, playing consistently, winning and getting the club back to finals.

“I haven’t thought about it at all. It is what it is. We get on with it, focus on Carlton this weekend and hopefully get the win. I’ll reflect when I’m done.”

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