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AFL: Lance Franklin in shock defection to Sydney Swans

Franklin's last game for Hawthorn  (©GettyImages)
Franklin's last game for Hawthorn (©GettyImages).

The drawn out Lance Franklin saga has come to a shocking resolution, with Buddy accepting a nine-year $10m contract to join the Sydney Swans, only days after his Premiership victory with Hawthorn.

The proposed contract is the most lucrative financial deal in the history of the AFL, and will subsequently make Franklin the highest paid player in the sport.

The deal comes as a surprise to many, with many expecting Buddy to remain with the Hawks, or join the Swans' inter-city neighbours, the Greater Western Sydney Giants. 

However, it is now believed that the Franklin first made contact with the Swans after their 2012 Grand Final win over his own Hawthorn Hawks. 

Controversy has sparked over the restricted free agent's move, with other clubs calling for the AFL to review the 9.8% cost of living allowance currently granted to Sydney and GWS that has allowed the Swans to eclipse their salary cap to tempt the Hawks spearhead to the SCG.

The AFL has consequently released a statement to inform the Swans of its decision to review the controversial allowance system.

Should the AFL decide against a trade veto, the contract will tie down Buddy until he reaches 35 years of age.

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