Buddy to stay a Hawk: manager

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    Lance Franklin’s manager is confident the Hawthorn star will not go to another AFL club.

    Liam Pickering also said on Saturday that another client, Richmond’s Jack Riewoldt, was likely to stay at Punt Rd.

    Pickering’s comments follow weeks of growing speculation that Franklin would in fact leave Hawthorn.

    He qualifies for free agency later this year and put off contract talk with the Hawks until the end of the season.

    Greater Western Sydney have opened talks with Pickering about Franklin.

    “To be honest, there’s only really one in it, which is Hawthorn,” Pickering told SEN.

    “They’re the ones I’ve got the offer from and it’s where he plays.

    “The better they go, the more chance he is of staying, in my view.

    “I’m very confident that he’ll stay.

    “At the moment I’m dealing with Hawthorn, and I have had discussions with the Giants obviously.”

    Riewoldt is also about to come out of contract, but without the same widespread speculation about his future.

    “My view is they’ll both be sweet,” Pickering said of Franklin and Riewoldt.

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