Buddy’s decision for flag or cash
FOUR years, no premierships. Five to go.
The clock is ticking on Lance Franklin mega deal. The money is ticking, too, straight into Buddy’s bank account at the expense of teammates.
In the wake of the Swans’ humiliating semi-final thrashing at the hands of Geelong, we have to revisit the elephant in the red and white room.
Has this nine-year, $10 million deal, still the biggest ever in the AFL, been worth it?
As of today you’d say no. Not yet anyway. The Swans have repeatedly said Franklin does not have to justify the big bucks with a flag. They would though, wouldn’t they?
But paying $10 million for a player and not expecting a premiership is like paying $1 million for a racehorse and not expecting a major race win.
This deal must deliver a premiership or it has failed.
The consequences of the Buddy deal have hit.
Shane Mumford was squeezed out, Tom Mitchell was squeezed out and while we acknowledge the repeated recruiting genius of this organisation, how many more are going to feel they deserve a bigger slice of salary cap pie?
Swans premiership player Barry Hall said this a year ago: “If they don’t win in the next couple of years we will see some things ... it is going to come back to bite them.
“They are not going to be able to afford the salary cap. It is starting to get tight. Good players are starting to leave.
“The window is starting to shut for the Swans. They need something to happen very quickly and if they don’t get a flag in the next couple of years they will be concerned.’’
GREAT EFFORT: Geelong’s Tom Stewart during a brilliant second quarter burst aginst the Swans in the Cats’ semi-final win at the MCG on Friday night.