Hawthorn got the raw end of the deal according to agent.
Lance Francklin’s manager beleives the Hawthorn Hawks have not been properly compensated for the upcoming loss of the champion forward.
With the Hawks star set to complete the biggest move seen in the AFL since Gary Ablett left Geelong to join the Gold Coast Suns, Franklin will wear the red and white of the Sydney Swans for the next nine years in an unprecedented deal worth $10 million.
However, in return for losing their six-time leading goal-scorer, 2008 club champion and duel Coleman medal winner, Franklin’s manager Liam Pickering says the Hawks have not been given enough in return.
Pickering said yesterday an end-of-first-round pick for Hawthorn — currently 19 after Collingwood lost free agent Dale Thomas to Carlton, for whom the Magpies could be compensated by pick No.12 — wasn’t fair.
“The worst part (of the deal) is the lack of compensation Hawthorn is going to get through free agency,” Pickering said.
“They should get two first-round picks for Buddy Franklin, we all know that.
“The system is wrong. Pick (19) is inadequate for Buddy Franklin … especially if you benchmark it against ‘Daisy’ Thomas.
“Dale Thomas shouldn’t be anywhere near as valuable as Buddy, he’s barely played for two years.”
But Pickering stressed he and Franklin had only played within the existing rules.