28/02/2024

Lance Franklin modelling the Swans' 2021 Indigenous guernsey. Image: Sydney Swans

Ahead of Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round, star Swan Lance Franklin says the round is an occasion for all AFL players to look forward to.

Star Sydney Swan Lance Franklin says the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round is an occasion for all AFL players to look forward to each year, with its significance increasing each year.

Speaking ahead of the Swans’ round 11 matchup against Carlton, which will take place at the SCG on Sunday afternoon, Franklin said the AFL’s organisation of Indigenous round adds to its sense of occasion for all players.

“It’s a special round, not only for the Indigenous players, but for the non-Indigenous players,” Franklin told The Inner Sanctum.

“It’s an exciting round, the AFL really recognises exactly what we bring to the game.

“We make it such a special occasion.”

Franklin also lauded the work of Indigenous players such as Shaun Burgoyne and Adam Goodes as ambassadors for both the game and Indigenous round, praising the AFL for the growing prestige of the annual round. 

“I think the AFL do such a great thing, and the ambassadors of the game too, do such a great thing,” Franklin said.

“Shaun Burgoyne [and] Adam Goodes… have been tremendous in recognising and teaching people about our culture, because it’s such a special culture.

“Every year [the significance of Indigenous Round] is growing… We’re one of the longest living cultures in the world, so it’s just a special occasion and one I can’t wait to play in.”

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With heightening concern surrounding the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria and a 7-day lockdown announced on Thursday, Franklin also expressed his confidence in the AFL’s ability to adapt to the situation.

“We got the game underway last year with everything that was happening last year,” he said.

“I’ve got full faith in what the AFL did last year and what they may do in the coming days.

“I’ll leave that up to them… we are all thinking of the people in Victoria at this stage.”

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