Sydney Swans coach John Longmire has declared superstar forward Lance Franklin is ready to go with the four-time Coleman medallist making a strong impression after kick-starting an early pre-season campaign.
Soft tissue injuries have plagued Franklin’s past two seasons restricting him to just 29 of a possible 45 games.
The bulk of Sydney’s senior squad returned today but that didn’t stop Franklin who arrived at pre-season training two weeks earlier than what was required with Longmire declaring the 32-year old is “looking in really good condition.”
“It’s great to have Lance back training early, he’s running well,” Longmire said.
“He looks strong and understands his footy as much as anyone.
“He enjoys being around the younger guys and saw that as an opportunity to up his program.
“He’s looking in really good condition. He will be aiming for full training before Christmas, it’s early days but good signs.”
It appears to be an early Christmas present for Sydney with the superstar forward looking visibly skinnier with footage showing a lean Franklin running laps at training.
The presence of the eight time All Australian is having an impact on the playing group, with young star Nick Blakey sending a warning to the rest of competition.
“He’s going to be scary to play with this year and scary for the competition, Blakey told The Daily Telegraph.
“He’s going to have his first pre-season in how long as well. He’ll be back to his best, no doubt.”
The Swans will kick start their 2020 campaign against the Crows in Adelaide on March 21.