Sheedy urges Giants to buy Buddy

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Go get him ... Sheedy wants Franklin to turn orange. Source: Chris Scott / News Limited

Greater Western Sydney coach Kevin Sheedy has urged the Giants to up the ante in their pursuit of Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin in a bid to boost the fledgling club and AFL in the region.

Franklin has put off contract negotiations until the end of the year, leaving the door ajar for the cashed-up Giants to make a huge play for the brilliant forward.

Hawthorn have publicly stated that they expect to retain Franklin, but there is an expectation that either the 26-year-old or a couple of key teammates will be squeezed out.

Sheedy, speaking on AFL 360, has told the Giants to be ready to pounce if Franklin looks to continue his career elsewhere.

"I would think it would be a great opportunity if Franklin is thinking of leaving Hawthorn," Sheedy said.

"It would be enormous, absolutely enormous."

Asked by AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson if Franklin commanded $1.2-$1.3 million per season, Sheedy said: "If that's what it takes to get him to Sydney I believe this team would blossom with another great player in it."

Sheedy was excited by the prospect of possibly adding Franklin to a forward line containing young guns Jonathon Patton and Jeremy Cameron.

The salary cap space cleared by Israel Folau's defection to Super Rugby will be spent, Sheedy declared, and Franklin would be the top ticket item.

"If it was my advice and it was on the table, I would say go after him.

"He's kicked over 500 (529) goals in about a 150-160-game (161) career.

"Kurt Tippett has played just over 100 (104) games and kicked maybe 180 (188) goals.

"I think Franklin is a better player than Tippett.

"Therefore, if you've got a package of money there left after (Israel) Folau then you get it right and you might have a (Tony) Lockett.

"And that injection into Sydney would be fantastic."

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