After winning his second premiership at Hawthorn, Franklin moved to the Swans at the end of the 2013 season, before representing Australia in the 2013 International Rules Series.
Franklin had an immediate impact at Sydney, where he won a further three All-Australian selections and two Coleman Medals.
Franklin was named as full forward in the 2008 All-Australian team, his first ever selection; he then received his first Peter Crimmins Medal for his outstanding season.
As a result, Franklin missed Hawthorn's final home-and-away match against Essendon, which the Hawks lost, and they, therefore, missed out the finals, causing Franklin to miss round 1 of the following season.
Hawthorn were eliminated from the finals the following week by North Melbourne.
Franklin finished the season with an equal-third finish in Hawthorn's best-and-fairest award, the Peter Crimmins Medal, and was Hawthorn's leading goalkicker for the first time in his career.
Franklin made his debut in round 1 of the 2005 season against the Sydney Swans at the Sydney Cricket Ground and showed a strong presence up forward throughout the year, kicking 27 goals in 20 games.
After injuring his ankle and hand early in the 2006 season, Franklin made his way back to senior level through the VFL and returned in round 9 against the Sydney Swans.
Lance Franklin (born 30 January 1987), also known as Buddy Franklin, is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL).
He previously played for the Hawthorn Football Club from 2005 to 2013.
He kicked five goals for the match, but his last two were the standouts–the final one in particular, a goal from the boundary line on a tight angle after having run from half-back, which was later chosen as Goal of the Year.
helping the Hawks clinch a three-point come-from-behind victory against the eventual premiers.
In round 12, he kicked six goals against Richmond, in what was his breakout game.