AFL Sydney Swans star Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin’s nine-year $10million contract is set to end at the end of the year.
Speaking to this weekend’s Body+Soul, his wife Jesinta Franklin (née Campbell) has revealed what life may look like for the couple when he decides to hang up his football boots for good.
The 30-year-old model, who shares two young children with Buddy, told the publication that they have discussed leaving Sydney behind and moving interstate.
Life after football: Jesinta Franklin, 30, revealed to this weekend’s Body+Soul what life may look like once her AFL star husband Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, 35, hangs up his football boots for good. The couple are pictured in December
‘I think there’s still a lot of good football left in him, but it’s our dream, whether that’s in five years or 10 years or whenever, to be able to live closer to one of the grandparents and have quality time with them,’ Jesinta revealed.
While Jesinta did not reveal the exact location they plan on moving to, Buddy hails from Perth and moved to the small town of Dowerin, 150 kilometers northeast of Perth, with his parents and family at a young age.
It’s likely he still has family residing in the area.
Buddy’s father Lance Sr. resided in Melbourne for part of his life, so Victoria is also a possibility.
Jesinta celebrated Buddy kicking his 1,000th goal in March and took to Instagram at the time to share sweet photos of their daughter Tullulah, two, cheering on her dad.
New chapter: Jesinta, who shares two young children with Buddy, said the couple have already discussed leaving Sydney behind and moving interstate. Sydney Swans star Buddy kicked his 1,000th career goal at the Sydney Cricket Ground in March (pictured)
Move: While Jesinta did not reveal the exact location they plan on moving to, Buddy hails from Perth. He is pictured with his father Lance Franklin Sr. and grandmother Belle
The tot looked cute as a button in a Sydney Swans jersey with ‘daddy’ emblazoned on the back, as Jesinta proud revealed to her fans how she is of her husband.
Jesinta shared a sweet snap of Buddy, 35, in the locker room carrying Tullulah on his hip, while also joined by his sister Bianca.
In her caption, Jesinta revealed how Bianca flew in from Los Angeles especially for the occasion, and praised her husband for his ‘hard work’ over the last 18 years.
‘I’ve listened to stories from Bud’s parents and sisters of his passion and dedication to football from a young age and last night was a true testament to the hard work that has gone in to not only over the last 18 years of his career, but everything that happened before that led him to this moment,’ Jesinta shared online.
Proud wife: In March, Jesinta shared sweet snaps of daughter Tullulah (pictured), two, sporting an AFL Sydney Swans jersey as they celebrated Buddy kicking his 1,000th career goal
Memories: Posting on her Instagram page, Jesinta shared a sweet snap of Buddy in the locker room carrying Tullulah on his hip, while also joined by his sister Bianca (pictured)
‘Being able to celebrate that with family was such an amazing moment. Love to everyone for all of your beautiful messages. I’ve said everything to Bud in person so I’ll just leave it here and say that I am just so proud.
‘Looking forward to spending the day with our family and friends, I am finally going to have a champagne! I couldn’t manage more than a sip last night,’ she concluded.
Jesinta also took to her Instagram Stories, sharing sweet footage of Tullulah cheering on her father from the corporate box while wearing the jersey.
Understandably emotional: In her caption, Jesinta revealed how Bianca flew in from Los Angeles especially for the occasion, and praised her husband for his ‘hard work’ over the last 18 years
Too cute: Jesinta also took to her Instagram Stories, sharing sweet footage of Tullulahing on her father from the corporate cheer box while wearing the jersey
Jesinta and Buddy, who married in 2016, are also proud parents to one-year-old son Rocky.
Tens of thousands of Sydney Swans supporters swamped the Sydney Cricket Ground in celebration when Buddy booted his 1,000th career goal in top-flight AFL.
Buddy became the first player in 26 years, and the sixth overall, to reach the landmark figure when, late in the final quarter, he slotted in his fourth goal of the night from 40 metres.
Power couple: Jesinta and Buddy dated for almost four years before tying the knot in 2016
Private: They are known to be quite private about their family life
It prompted the pitch invasion which halted the game between the Swans and the Geelong Cats.
Buddy’s first 580 majors came playing for the Hawthorn Hawks, with whom he won two premiership medals, between 2005 and 2013, before a move north to Sydney.
He is the only player to have kicked 1,000 goals entirely in the game’s modern era, which started in 1990 when the Australian Football League was formed from Victoria’s near century-old state league.
Adding to their brood: The couple are also proud parents to one-year-old son Rocky (pictured)