MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Lance Franklin of the Swans celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 21 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 12, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Former Western Bulldog captain Robert Murphy believes many of the contending clubs in the AFL will start to circle Lance Franklin, including the Hawks, according to the Herald Sun.

The mega-deal that took the star forward from Hawthorn to Sydney on a nine-year deal, had prompted Murphy to consider whether clubs would make shock plays for Franklin later in his career.

“Who is the club most likely and most cunning,” Murphy said.

“And would Buddy do it? These are the sort of things I wonder and are they happening as we speak?

“Are these things happening on whiteboards, just as they did seven years ago to get him to Sydney?”

Murphy said should Franklin ever leave Sydney it would be to a club that matches his profile like Hawthorn, Collingwood and even the Brisbane Lions.

“People keep telling me we are following the American model of sport,” Murphy said on SEN.

“I think if we have followed the American model, trading Buddy or Buddy leaving for one last tilt at a contender, would be something that would happen.”

Murphy declared the situation as “highly unlikely” to happen but wouldn’t be remiss to understanding what goes on behind-the-scenes.

He said Franklin “has got the most presence since Wayne Carey” and would go on to conquer another city and state (Brisbane Lions) if he were to leave.

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Franklin’s old club (Hawthorn) has a history of grabbing a rabbit-out-of-a-hat with unlikely trade heists as their specialty, writes The Herald Sun.

Tom Scully is one of many exchanges were Hawthorn seem to win on the trading table.