St. Kilda champion Danny Frawley has asked whether it is time to consider Lance Franklin in the conversation with the best forwards of all time after his recent patch of form.
“Or do we actually sit back and think, and I say this because I think Tony Lockett is the best player I have ever seen, but he is getting into rarified air?
“He (Franklin) is getting into Jason Dunstall area, he is getting into Gary Ablett Sr area and Wayne Carey area, and dare I say it, Tony Lockett’s sort of atmosphere?
“Is he right in there now as equals? I’m still a no, but he is starting to enter that atmosphere, he is just poking his head into that atmosphere where you think, no one is going to get near those guys, they’re absolute freaks.
“I talk of Carey, Dunstall, Lockett and Ablett for all the right reasons.
“I think Franklin is going to be measured in that same vein when he retires. I think sometimes we take it for granted,” Frawley said.
Franklin has kicked 15 goals in the past month to lift his side back into the finals again in 2018, he sits three goals off the top of the Coleman Medal leaderboard with one round to play.