Buddy Franklin’s ex-teammate Campbell Brown pinpoints the AFL job the all-time great is tailor-made for after his shock retirement

Buddy Franklin’s ex-teammate Campbell Brown pinpoints the AFL job the all-time great is tailor-made for after his shock retirement

  • Buddy Franklin has been tipped for an ambassadorial role in the AFL 
  • Franklin, 36, announced his immediate retirement from footy on Monday 
  • Campbell Brown says his old teammate will want to stay involved in the game 

Buddy Franklin has been tipped to remain heavily involved in the AFL after the all-time legend walked away from the sport on Monday.

Franklin, 36, announced his immediate retirement from footy after he picked up a serious calf injury during Sydney’s dramatic two-point victory over Essendon on Saturday. 

The forward – who has scored the fourth-most goals in VFL/AFL football – informed his Swans teammates of his decision earlier on Monday.

And Franklin’s former teammate at Hawthorn, Campbell Brown, has backed the powerhouse forward to take on an ambassadorial role within the game.  

‘I think what will happen is the AFL will give him an Indigenous ambassadorial role,’ Brown said on SENTrack.

However, the all-time great cut a dejected figure after being subbed off with a calf injury against Essendon on Saturday (pictured) in an unwanted end to his last ever game of AFL

However, the all-time great cut a dejected figure after being subbed off with a calf injury against Essendon on Saturday (pictured) in an unwanted end to his last ever game of AFL 

‘I’m sure that they would have offered Adam Goodes something like that before the game soured (for him) and he didn’t want to be part of it for a few years.

‘He’d be a great ambassador for the game as a whole. What that actually entails and looks like I’m not too sure.

‘That would be my suggestion.’

Asked whether Franklin is the type of person who will dearly miss footy, Brown replied: ‘Yep, very much so.

‘He loves footy, he loves training, he loves the game.

‘You could see how much he loves footy when the umpires paid that interchange infringement on North Melbourne at the top of the square and Buddy was cheering like it was his 1000th goal.’ 

Franklin posted a brief message of gratitude on Instagram shortly after the news became public.

‘What a journey. Thanks to everyone who has been on this crazy ride with me,’ he wrote, accompanied by a love heart emoji.

Franklin, who won a premiership with the Hawks in 2008 and 2013, will go down as one of the greatest players in the history of Aussie Rules football.

He’s now ranked fourth among the all-time list of AFL and VFL goalkickers with 1066 majors from his 354 games, with his 1000th goal setting off wild scenes as fans flooded the SCG during the Swans’ clash with Geelong in March last year.

Among his many achievements, he was an eight-time All Australian, led the goalkicking for seven times for Sydney and six times for Hawthorn, and won the Coleman Medal as the league’s top goalkicker on four occasions. 

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