AFL Grand Final 2022: Buddy Franklin’s wife Jesinta plays with their children

Buddy Franklin’s wife Jesinta plays with their children ahead of the AFL Grand Final… after the Sydney Swans star signed an eleventh-hour contract extension with the club

Footy WAG Jesinta Franklin was all smiles on Thursday as she enjoyed some downtime with her children ahead of a jam-packed AFL Grand Final weekend.

The 31-year-old, who is married to Sydney Swans star Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, went for a walk along Melbourne‘s Southbank with the couple’s two kids, Tullulah, two, and Rocky, 18 months.

At one stage, the Franklins stopped on a patch of grass to say hello to a group of passing dogs.

Footy WAG Jesinta Franklin was all smiles on Thursday as she enjoyed some downtime with her children ahead of a jam-packed AFL Grand Final weekend

The 31-year-old model, who is married to Sydney Swans star Lance 'Buddy' Franklin, went for a walk along Melbourne's Southbank with the couple's two kids, Tullulah, two, and Rocky, 18 months

Footy WAG Jesinta Franklin was all smiles on Thursday as she enjoyed some downtime with her children ahead of a jam-packed AFL Grand Final weekend 

Jesinta looked stylish and sophisticated in a beige suit over a black long-sleeved top.

She wore her long brunette hair loosely tucked behind her ears.

The model accessorised with a black leather handbag and tortoiseshell sunglasses.

Her shoes, a rare pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s that are reselling for up to $620, stood out with hints of blue under her neutral-coloured suit.

At one stage, the Franklins stopped on a patch of grass to say hello to a group of passing dogs

At one stage, the Franklins stopped on a patch of grass to say hello to a group of passing dogs 

Jesinta looked stylish and sophisticated in a beige suit over a black long-sleeved top

Jesinta looked stylish and sophisticated in a beige suit over a black long-sleeved top 

Tullulah and Rocky Franklin happily greeted a few passing dogs

Tullulah and Rocky Franklin happily greeted a few passing dogs

Her children were both wearing matching red and white Nike shoes in support of their dad, a key forward for the Sydney Swans.

The trio later joined a friend for a walk along the promenade. Jesinta occasionally carried Tullulah and Rocky, though they mostly walked unassisted.

Jesinta was also seen giving her son a kiss.

Her shoes, a rare pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s that are reselling for up to $620, stood out with hints of blue under her neutral-coloured suit

Her shoes, a rare pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s that are reselling for up to $620, stood out with hints of blue under her neutral-coloured suit 

Jesinta occasionally carried Tullulah and Rocky, though they mostly walked unassisted

Jesinta occasionally carried Tullulah and Rocky, though they mostly walked unassisted 

Her children were both wearing matching red and white Nike shoes in support of their dad, a key forward for the Sydney Swans

Her children were both wearing matching red and white Nike shoes in support of their dad, a key forward for the Sydney Swans 

Buddy shocked fans on Monday when the Swans appeared to confirm he will stay at the club next year, sharing a a succinct statement that read: ‘One more #Bloods.’

Posting to Instagram hours later, Jesinta she had a ‘big week of work ahead’ as she jetted from Sydney to Melbourne for the Grand Final. 

‘Made it to Melbourne. A big week ahead of work, fun, conferences, fam time…. Oh, and a Grand Final,’ the mother of two wrote while posing at Melbourne Airport.

She was also seen giving her son a kiss

She was also seen giving her son a kiss

The trio later joined a friend for a walk along the promenade

The trio later joined a friend for a walk along the promenade 

It comes as the Swans celebrate an unexpected boost in the lead-up to the Grand Final, after Franklin announced he will remain at the club in 2023. 

Franklin’s nine-year $10million deal with the Swans will expire at the end of the season and the 35-year-old’s future had long been subject of speculation.

The two-time premiership winner, however, put an end to the rumours himself on Monday evening with a succinct two-word statement reading simply: ‘One more.’

The bombshell came after months of speculation suggesting Franklin could either retire or end his nine-year spell in Sydney to play for a different club.

Buddy Franklin has signed a one-year deal with the Swans to remain at the club in 2023

It comes as the Swans celebrate an unexpected boost in the lead-up to the Grand Final, after Franklin announced he will remain at the club in 2023. (Pictured: Franklin kicking a goal during the Sydney v Collingwood preliminary final at the SCG on Saturday) 

Early last month, the Herald Sun reported the Swans felt they were ‘close’ to agreeing a 12-month extension with the AFL superstar and were ‘surprised’ by reports Franklin had been linked with a move.

The four-time Coleman Medalist was left contemplating his future after the Swans tabled an offer of $500,000 a year, a significant reduction from Franklin’s current deal which is understood to be in the $800,000-a-season region.

Franklin’s announcement on Monday night closely followed the format of the message basketball legend Michael Jordan sent when he returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995, in which he simply proclaimed: ‘I’m back’.

The Swans announced Franklin's new deal in a short statement on Monday

The Swans announced Franklin’s new deal in a short statement on Monday 

However, the words ‘One more’ also left some fans confused, as they tried to figure out exactly what these words referred to. 

Some supporters were unsure if it meant Franklin would be going around for another season, or just one more game – meaning he’d call it quits after Saturday’s Grand Final.

‘Mysterious. One more GAME, one more YEAR, one more DECADE,’ Natalie Gee tweeted.

‘One more game or one more year? He looks so invested in this group and club. And still plays well. But wouldn’t it be amazing to leave the big stage with another Premiership?’ wrote Florian Christoph.

Others were more blunt, writing ‘Game, season or flag?!?’ and ‘ONE MORE GAME OR ONE MORE YEAR’ – with another joking, ‘Great that he’s signed on for one more decade! Bold move by the Swans.’

Franklin will play in his sixth Grand Final when the Swans take on Geelong on Saturday.  

Franklin will play in his sixth Grand Final when the Swans take on Geelong on Saturday

Franklin will play in his sixth Grand Final when the Swans take on Geelong on Saturday

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