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Franklin, with only one year remaining on his deal at Hawthorn, was strongly linked with a move to the struggling Giants, with the free-scoring forward viewed as the shot in the arm that the new club badly needed.
But it was the Swans who swooped and landed Franklin on a monster nine-year deal worth $10million, taking the media, AFL and GWS by surprise.
The AFL allegedly broke their own rules to help GWS Giants sign Buddy Franklin in 2013
And former Swans chairman Richard Colless has detailed how the AFL's strong involvement in GWS' pursuit of Franklin was in breach of the rules they had created about the free agency market.
'Lance was going to do one of two things: stay at Hawthorn or play with the Swans,'