Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin back for AFL pre-season

SYDNEY power forward Lance Franklin has taken things up a notch this pre-season and has “bounced back” from the mental health issues that troubled him at the end of last season, his coach says.

It’s been said on several occasions that Franklin, who missed Sydney’s finals campaign due to mental health issues, is training the house down, but his coach said he has stepped up like never before.

“He’s done all the training, and a lot more than he’s done in the last pre-seasons,” Longmire said on SEN today.

“He’s doing all the competitive work. He looks in great nick and is really enjoying it.

“We’ve seen him bounce back in terrific form over the preseason.”

Lance “Buddy” Franklin hasn’t missed a beat this preseason. Picture: PHIL HILLYARD