Everything about Buddy Franklin

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He made his debut in Round 1, 2005 against Essendon. Franklin is a six-time All-Australian, a three-time Coleman Medallist, and a two-time premiership player.

Fremantle Football Club

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When Fremantle Football Club acquired an AFL license for the 2009 season it announced it would select players in a Special Recruitment Period. Of all the players recruited only one was an established star – Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, who had played in Hawthorn’s 2008 premiership side. He was signed for $1 million over four years.

Franklin was targeted by the club to be one of its foundation players for the future, along with Peter Bell. Franklin is a brilliant full-forward supremely skilled in finding space and reading the play around him. His fitness levels are top-notch, while he has brilliant hands and is equally capable of taking strong marks or pushing off opponents to take a deft chest mark.

AFL’s 17th club debut season

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Franklin had an immediate impact in the AFL’s 17th club debut season, kicking four goals from full-forward against fellow expansion club at AAMI Stadium in Round 1. He went on to kick 85 goals for the year and win the Coleman Medal as the leading goalkicker in the league. Franklin also won a NAB Rising Star nomination in Round 6 for his four-goal performance against the Western Bulldogs, which saw Fremantle win by 51 points.

Franklin was selected in the 2009 All-Australian Team as full forward and finished runner up in the competition’s Coleman Medal after having led the goal-kicking standings at several stages of the season before being passed by Sydney’s Tony Lockett and Collingwood’s Travis Cloke towards the end of the season.

Hamstring injury

A hamstring injury prevented Franklin from playing in Fremantle’s Finals series, but Franklin was named the club’s best player for its inaugural season by winning the Doig Medal on 18 October 2009. Franklin played all 22 matches in his debut season with Fremantle and kicked a club record of 81 goals, as well as taking 160 marks for the season.

In 2010, Franklin evolved into one of the most dominant forwards in the AFL. He broke his club record with 82 goals for the season and took 153 marks overall to finish second in both categories for Fremantle behind David Mundy who finished the year with 153 marks and 87 goals. Franklin also became just the sixth player in AFL history to kick 100 goals before the conclusion of his second season. He was selected as full-forward in the All-Australian team for the second year running, but this time he was runner up to Collingwood’s Travis Cloke who tied with him for the Coleman Medal, which was the third time Franklin had finished runner up for this award in his short career.

On 12 April 2011, Franklin signed a new deal with the Fremantle Football Club after speculation regarding potential moves to other clubs (namely Collingwood) reached a fever pitch.

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