Buddy Franklin on track for AFL ton: BT

Lance Franklin is in fearsome form, leading the Coleman Medal race and fuelling talk of another 100-goal AFL season.

Franklin booted six goals in Sydney’s 81-point dismissal of Essendon on Saturday night, lifting his season tally to a league-high 29.

The 29-year-old is the only current player who knows exactly what is required to kick 100 goals in a season, having achieved the feat in 2008.

Former Collingwood forward Brian Taylor, who kicked 100 goals in 1986, expects Franklin will bring up another ton.

“I reckon he’ll get it,” Taylor told the Seven Network.

“Almost no doubt he’ll get it. Barring injury this year, I think he’ll kick a 100 goals.”

The milestone looked set to become a relic of a bygone era.

But this season interchanges have been reduced, while umpires have cracked down on deliberate out of bounds.

It has helped produce more free-flowing and high-scoring football, with Franklin one of many forwards to enjoy the shift.

Franklin missed the 2015 finals because of a mental health condition, while he underwent finger surgery during the ensuing pre-season.

The three-time Coleman medallist booted four goals against Collingwood in round one of the 2016 season and has consistently fired since.

“He’s in unbelievable form,” Swans legend Jude Bolton told Seven.

“He’s a massive chance (of kicking 100 goals this season).

“He’s currently averaging about four and a bit. He needs to kick about four and a half to get there.

“He puts bums on seats. He’s electric to watch and certainly it’s great to see him in form.”

Bolton suggested Franklin had become an even better kick.

“He’s straightened his kicking style up as well. They’ve done a lot of work with him and it’s just about fitness and confidence for him,” he said.

“He’s got it all at the moment.

“Michael Hartley actually played quite well on him but the weight of possession was just enormous .. and he actually handed a few off.”

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