Lance Franklin has put contract talks on hold until the end of the season as he pores over where, or if, he will pull on the boots in 2023.
Nine’s Michael Atkinson broke the news on Thursday evening that Brisbane had emerged as the shock frontrunner to land the signature of the 35-year-old superstar, as he nears the end of his nine-year, $10 million contract with the Sydney Swans.
Atkinson reported that Franklin had informed the Swans he would leave at the end of this season, with him and wife Jesinta wanting to move closer to family on the Gold Coast.
READ MORE: Wallabies stung by shock Hooper withdrawal
In a statement released via his manager Adam Finch on Saturday, Franklin said he would reach a decision at the end of the season, while revealing retirement is also on the cards.
“At this stage conversations have been paused around my contract so I can put all my focus on playing footy,” he said.
“No further comment will be made until the season is done and I have decided about my future.
“I am still undecided and need time after the season to make a family decision about whether I continue to play next year.”
For a daily dose of the best of the breaking news and exclusive content from Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here!