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Buddy leading by example: Swans

  • Buddy leading by example: Swans

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 21 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Lance Franklin's leadership of Sydney's young AFL forward line has been lauded by one of his eager apprentices.

Franklin is second in the Coleman Medal race on 67 goals, three behind West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy, but young Swans' forward George Hewett stressed Buddy's influence extends beyond merely booting it between the big sticks.

"His leadership has been huge this year, especially because we've got such a young forward line," said Hewett, who has played 18 out of 20 games in his first year.

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