Lance Franklin gave a strong indication he’s ready to again have an impact in the AFL after a solid showing in Sydney’s intraclub match on Friday.
While he managed just one goal, he was kept busy playing a roving centre half-forward role in a positive outing at Henson Park.
The three-time Coleman medallist took a leave of absence on the eve of last year’s finals to address his mental health issues and is aiming to make his AFL return in round one against Collingwood on March 26.
The superstar forward returned to training before Christmas and looks to have benefited from a big pre-season.
Franklin had a few early jitters, turning over the ball with his first two touches, but soon looked back in the swing of things.
He was warmly applauded for his first touch and kicked his only goal of the afternoon after taking a clever intercept in the shadows of halftime.
After playing a full game in the Swans’ first intraclub clash in Coffs Harbour last week, Franklin played all but the final few minutes on Friday and will almost certainly turn out in next Saturday’s NAB Challenge game against Port Adelaide.
Franklin’s Red side defeated the less experienced white side 14.9 (93) to 9.6 (60).