AFL 2022 Grand Final: Buddy Franklin’s wife Jesinta plays with their kids


Footy WAG Jesinta Franklin was all smiles on Thursday as she enjoyed a break with her children ahead of a busy AFL grand final weekend.

The 31-year-old, who is married to Sydney Swans star Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, went for a walk along Melbourne’s Southbank with the couple’s two children, Tulula, two, and Rocky, 18 months.

At one stage, Franklin stopped on a patch of grass to greet a group of passing dogs.

Footy WAG Jesinta Franklin was all smiles on Thursday as she enjoyed a break with her children ahead of a busy AFL grand final weekend

Footy WAG Jesinta Franklin was all smiles on Thursday as she enjoyed a break with her children ahead of a busy AFL grand final weekend

Jesinta looked stylish and sophisticated in a beige suit over a long-sleeved black top.

She wore her long brunette hair loosely tucked behind her ears.

The model accessorized with a black leather bag and tortoiseshell sunglasses.

Her shoes, a rare pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s that retail for up to $620, stood out with pops of blue under her neutral-colored suit.

At one stage, Franklin stopped on a patch of grass to greet a group of passing dogs

At one stage, Franklin stopped on a patch of grass to greet a group of passing dogs

Jesinta looked stylish and sophisticated in a beige suit over a long-sleeved black top

Jesinta looked stylish and sophisticated in a beige suit over a long-sleeved black top

Tulula and Rocky Franklin happily greeted several passing dogs

Tulula and Rocky Franklin happily greeted several passing dogs

Both her children wore matching red and white Nike shoes in support of their father, a key forward for the Sydney Swans.

The trio later joined a friend for a stroll along the boardwalk. Jesinta occasionally carried Tulula and Rocky, though most walked unaided.

Jesinta was also seen kissing her son.

Her shoes, a rare pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s that retail for up to $620, stood out with hints of blue under her neutral-colored suit

Her shoes, a rare pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s that retail for up to $620, stood out with hints of blue under her neutral-colored suit

Jesinta occasionally carried Tulula and Rocky, though most walked unaided

Jesinta occasionally carried Tulula and Rocky, though most walked unaided

Both her children wore matching red and white Nike shoes in support of their father, a key forward for the Sydney Swans

Both her children wore matching red and white Nike shoes in support of their father, a key forward for the Sydney Swans

Buddy shocked fans on Monday when the Swans confirmed he would remain at the club next year, sharing a short statement which read: “Another #Blood”.

Posting on Instagram hours later, Jesinta had a “big work week ahead” as she flew from Sydney to Melbourne for the grand final.

“I got to Melbourne. Big week ahead of work, fun, conferences, family time…. Oh and a grand finale,” the mother-of-two wrote as she posed at Melbourne Airport.

She was also seen kissing her son

She was also seen kissing her son

The trio later joined a friend for a stroll along the boardwalk

The trio later joined a friend for a stroll along the boardwalk

It comes as the Swans celebrate an unexpected boost ahead of the grand final after Franklin announced he will stay at the club beyond 2023.

Franklin’s nine-year, $10 million deal with the Swans will expire at the end of the season and the 35-year-old’s future has long been the subject of speculation.

However, the two-time premiership winner put an end to the rumors himself on Monday night with a brief two-word statement that read simply: “One more.”

The bombshell came after months of speculation that Franklin could either retire or end his nine-year spell in Sydney to play for another club.

Buddy Franklin has signed a one-year deal with the Swans to stay at the club until 2023.

It comes as the Swans celebrate an unexpected boost in the run-up to the grand final after Franklin announced he will remain at the club in 2023. (Pictured: Franklin kicks a goal during Sydney’s preliminary final against Collingwood at the SCG on Saturday )

At the beginning of last month, Herald Sun reported the Swans believed they were “close” to agreeing a 12-month extension with the AFL superstar and were “surprised” by reports Franklin had been linked with a move.

The four-time Coleman medalist has been left to ponder his future after the Swans tabled an offer of $500,000 a year, a significant reduction from Franklin’s current deal, which is believed to be in the region of $800,000 a season.

Franklin’s message Monday night followed exactly the format of the message basketball legend Michael Jordan sent when he returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995, in which he simply announced, “I’m back.”

The Swans announced Franklin's new deal in a brief statement on Monday

The Swans announced Franklin’s new deal in a brief statement on Monday

However, the words “One more” also left some fans confused as they tried to figure out what exactly those words were referring to.

Some supporters weren’t sure if that meant Franklin would stick around for another season or just one more game — meaning he’d call it quits after Saturday’s grand finale.

“Mysterious. Another GAME, another YEAR, another DECADE,” Natalie Gee tweeted.

“One more game or one more year? He seems so invested in this group and club. And it still plays well. But wouldn’t it be amazing to leave the big stage with another Premiership?” writes Florian Christoph.

Others were more blunt, writing “Game, season or flag?!?” and ‘ONE MORE GAME OR ONE MORE YEAR’ – with another joking: ‘Great he’s signed for another decade! A bold move by the swans.

Franklin will play in his sixth grand final when the Swans take on Geelong on Saturday.

Franklin will play in his sixth grand final when the Swans take on Geelong on Saturday

Franklin will play in his sixth grand final when the Swans take on Geelong on Saturday



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