Sydney Swans star Buddy Franklin and wife Jesinta touch down in Melbourne ahead of grand final

Buddy Franklin’s wife and player agent Jesinta says she has a ‘big week of work ahead’ after the Sydney Swans star signed an eleventh-hour contract extension

AFL WAGJesinta Franklin has broken her silence following husband Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin’s eleventh-hour contract extension with the Sydney Swans. 

Buddy, 35, shocked fans on Monday night 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 AFL Grand Final. 

Jesinta Franklin, 31, (right) has broken her silence following husband Lance 'Buddy' Franklin's eleventh-hour contract extension with the Sydney Swans

Jesinta Franklin, 31, (right) has broken her silence following husband Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin’s eleventh-hour contract extension with the Sydney Swans 

‘Made it to Melbourne. A big week ahead of work, fun, conferences, fam time…. Oh, and a Grand Final,’ the mother-of-two, 31, wrote while posing at Melbourne Airport.

Jesinta, who recently received her accreditation in AFL player management, looked effortlessly chic in a designer trench coat worth $1,588. 

Pulling a pair of large Louis Vuitton suitcases each worth $5000, the model accessorised her look with a black baseball cap, Nike sneakers and a $500 leather handbag. 

'Made it to Melbourne. A big week ahead of work, fun, conferences, fam time…. Oh, and a Grand Final,' the stylish mother-of-two wrote on Instagram while posing at Melbourne Airport on Tuesday morning

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

Jesinta (centre, with ) celebrated the Sydney Swans' win on Saturday as she watched her husband Lance 'Buddy' Franklin from the grandstands. She was joined byc

Jesinta (centre, with Today show entertainment reporter Brooke Boney and a male pal) watched on from the grandstands as Buddy and the Swans played against Collingwood over the weekend 

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.’

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)

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) 

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.

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.

The Swans announced Franklin's new deal in a short statement on their social media channels on Monday, and the wording mirrored NBA legend Michael Jordan's famous announcement that he was returning to the Chicago Bulls in 1995

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

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’.

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.

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 celebrating Sydney's one-point win over Collingwood in a dramatic preliminary final at the SCG on Saturday evening)

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 celebrating Sydney’s one-point win over Collingwood in a dramatic preliminary final at the SCG on Saturday evening) 

‘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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