Franklin fronts the press head of Marn Grook blockbuster

Updated Wednesday 24th May, 3:05pm AEST

Franklin today spoke to the waiting press throng ahead of Sydney's Friday night blockbuster against Hawthorn at the SCG.

A clash between two of the powerhouse clubs of the AFL always brings plenty of eyes and expectation, as the two teams fight to stay in finals content, and vie for the Mark Grook trophy, with best afield winning the Goodes-O'Loughlin medal.

While the Swans start to the season was their worst since 1993, Franklin said that the boys are looking forward to the Friday night clash.

"Our last 3 games have been really positive and we are looking forward to Friday night," Franklin said.

While the Hawks find themselves in unfamiliar territory, having been on the receiving end of several big losses early this season, and clutching defeat from the jaws of victory on Saturday night against the Pies after leading by 43 points early in the second quarter, Franklin is wary that the Hawks can still match it on any given day.

"The Hawks will come out firing, we will need to be at our best.

"They have so many dangerous players so we will need to be on our game," Franklin said.

One of the greatest indigenous players of all time, Franklin can't wait to represent his culture on Friday night, and when asked about what the Indigenous round means to him, Franklin commented on the importance of the event and what it means to him, proudly wearing his family history on his arms in the form of tattoos.

"Obviously having the indigenous heritage means a lot to me, so I looked at some books and worked out exactly what I wanted, and was able to put together a story," he said.

"To be able to play in Indigenous Round is very special, not only to me but everyone.

"It recognises exactly what indigenous players bring to the game and I can't wait to play in it."

Don't forget to get your Indigenous round Guernsey this week. You can order them online or buy them from the merchandise stands.


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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

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