Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin has ruled out joining the Gold Coast team that will join the AFL in 2011.
His comments at a media conference on Tuesday about wanting to be a one-club player came as speculation increased that a number of other stars in the competition – headed by St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt and Geelong gun Gary Ablett – would be lured to the new Queensland club.
Kangaroos ruckman David Hale will also be out of contract in 2011 and his name has been bandied about as a possible pick up.
The terms of Gold Coast’s entry into the AFL stipulate that the new club can sign one uncontracted player from each of the current 16 clubs.
Riewoldt has had to play down speculation about being traded to the new club in the past, and has declared his wish to pursue success at St Kilda.
Ablett’s name has only recently been thrown into the mix, and will be sought in line with the Gold Coast’s declaration that it wants to target the best available player from each club.
The club is aiming to recruit a leadership group of five to eight 150-game players for its first couple of seasons, and aims to be in premiership contention by 2014.
Interesting times are approaching for players, their clubs and player managers.