Sydney back Ted Richards says the Swans will be happy if Lance Franklin marks his debut for the club with four goals this weekend.
Sydney defender Ted Richards says the Swans will be happy with a four-goal haul from forward Lance Franklin on debut against GWS, and he’s encouraged by their star recruit’s pre-season nerves.
Former Hawthorn hero Franklin had a quadriceps issue for part of the pre-season and didn’t have a big influence on Sydney’s practice matches.
He went goalless and had just six touches in his first hitout against West Coast.
Franklin did kick a couple of goals in Sydney’s last pre-season game against Brisbane before being rested from the second half due to a knee issue, but is expected to play this Saturday.
“For a NAB Cup game, I think there was some nerves there for him,” Richards said.
“Getting off to a new team, he wants to get off to a good start.
“It’s really good to see that no matter how long he’s played, he’s still got those butterflies and he’ll be wanting to start the year on a good note.”
Asked if he expected Franklin to make a good start, fullback Richards said “I hope so, unfortunately he he was only limited to half a game last week,.
“But in that he kicked two freakish goals in just a half, so going by that we’d be happy if he kicked four.”
The Swans on Thursday had their first training run ever at the Giants main venue, Spotless Stadium, which will host it’s first Sydney derby this weekend.
“It’s an incredible pitch it’s similar to the Gold Coast home ground,” Richards said.
“It seems like everything’s perfect. We warmed up in the changing rooms downstairs and all the facilities down there are great.”