Buddy Franklin at Mooloolaba Beach.
Buddy Franklin at Mooloolaba Beach. Nicholas Falconer

Swans stump up $7m to lure Buddy Franklin

THE Swans have made a $7m bid to steal Hawthorn'’s premiership winner Lance Franklin from cross-town rivals, the GWS Giants.

News Limited has revealed that the move, which will stun the AFL world and enrage Melbourne clubs, involves a five-year, $1.4m per season to lure Franklin to the 2012 premiers.

Franklin won his second premiership with the Hawks on Saturday but the superstar's transfer to the AFL's newest franchise, GWS, has been widely reported as a certainty all season.

The Hawks have cobbled together $1.1 million a year to entice the goalkicking sensation to stay. 

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