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Franklin impresses

Adam Curley  January 22, 2016 2:21 PM

Buddy's "giving us a lift" - January 22, 2015 Luke Parker says Lance Franklin's energy on the training track is giving the group a lift ahead of season 2016.
Lance Franklin in action during Friday's scratch match.

Lance Franklin in action during Friday's scratch match.

Lance Franklin has continued his solid pre-season with an impressive performance in the Sydney Swans' intra-club practice match on Friday.

Opposed to off-season recruit Michael Talia for most of the 40-minute hit out in Sydney's inner west, Franklin moved well, covered plenty of territory and won numerous possessions around the ground playing as a leading forward.

The three-time Coleman medallist also laid several big tackles and set up scoring opportunities for his teammates with his pressure, showing off a defensive side of his game that is largely underrated by the footy public.

Franklin had a minor finger operation before the Christmas break but appeared untroubled during the spirited scratch match.

Regular defender Dane Rampe was prominent in his usual role, but also showed some good signs when he spent some time playing as a midfielder, while Brandon Jack was lively on ball and as a permanent forward.

Experienced heads Heath Grundy and Nick Smith looked sharp playing in defence, as did star midfielders Luke Parker, Dan Hannebery and co-captain Kieren Jack.

Of the younger brigade, injury-riddled rookie Nic Newman looked polished off half-back, while the Swans' first pick in last year's NAB AFL draft at No.3, Callum Mills, showed class and composure under pressure.

Co-captain Jarryd McVeigh, reigning club champion Josh Kennedy, young gun Isaac Heeney and exciting forward Sam Reid were some of the key Swans to sit out of the match as they continue to be managed through the pre-season.