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Science, gut feel behind Buddy selections


The Swans are using a mixture of science and gut feel to determine how often Lance Franklin will play, as the superstar forward closes in on the AFL’s most coveted statistic.

Franklin kicked three goals in Sydney’s win over Essendon on Thursday, lifting him to 950, just 20 behind Jack Titus who is sixth on the all-time goalkicking list.

He is now only 50 majors away from the magic 1000 mark attained by only five players in history.

Injuries stalled Franklin’s progress over the last two seasons, limiting him to ten games in 2019 and none last year.

But he has returned in style, kicking bags of three in both of his appearances in a young Swans side that remains undefeated.

After Sydney’s hard fought three-point win at the SCG, coach John…



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