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Franklin out for opening AFL round

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Franklin out for opening AFL round

Sydney AFL megastar Lance Franklin has been dominated out of round one, but extremely-rated teen Logan McDonald looms as a skill option after a promising cameo on Sunday.

McDonald booted an extended-vary goal within the pre-season loss to GWS and showed sufficient to counsel he’s ready for a senior debut.

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Coach John Longmire has high-tail a line through Franklin – who’s restful recuperating from calf tightness – for the round-one conflict with the Brisbane Lions on March 20.

“Optimistically if he continues the fashion he’s going it can well be quite early but it completely could perhaps well even honest no longer be round one,” acknowledged Longmire.

“We now possess got to fetch him appropriate for the complete season and that means he could perhaps well even honest no longer play every game for the complete season.

“That is OK. We will correct work through it.”

McDonald, the 18-three hundred and sixty five days-ragged, 196cm key forward drafted at No.4 by Sydney closing three hundred and sixty five days, injected some height and marking energy right into a slightly minute Swans forward line.

“I thought Logan when he started the third in particular modified into as soon as very appropriate,” Longmire acknowledged.

“He came off at one stage and acknowledged ‘gee it is like a flash’ and that is the reason correct getting oldschool to the tempo at this stage and it goes up one other equipment in a pair of weeks.

“We now possess got to achieve very younger forwards raze expend a minute bit time to fetch into their physique and the surely feel of the game.

“He got pushed out a pair of times but he’s smart, he works hard, he’ll give it all the issues he’s got.”

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Franklin out for opening AFL round