Life’s not getting any easier for Sydney AFL recruit Lance Franklin, though the cavalry may not be far away.
Franklin was held to one behind by Kangaroos defender Scott Thompson in Sunday’s 43-point home loss to North Melbourne at the SCG.
Compounding a frustrating afternoon for Buddy was a post-match report for striking Scott Thompson in the final quarter.
While some observers felt Franklin had little to fear, it was another unwanted distraction in a tough early period with his new club.
Franklin is Sydney’s leading goalkicker this season, but four of his seven goals came in their sole win over Adelaide.
Opposing defences have been able to gang up on him, as Sydney’s other three quality key forwards Kurt Tippett, Adam Goodes and Sam Reid have been injured.
Sydney coach John Longmire said Tippett was considered for Sunday’s reserves game and could be drafted into the side for next Saturday’s SCG clash with Fremantle.
“That decision will be made on what’s best for him,” said Longmire of Tippett, who has been sidelined this season with a knee injury.
“What’s best for the injury he’s managing. It just can’t be made because of our loss today.”
Longmire said Tippett was used to playing on limited preparation, pointing to last season when he was rushed into the side straight after completing a lengthy suspension.
While Sydney have kicked a combined total of just 25 goals in their three losses, Longmire said the Swans had issues across there board and not just up forward.
“We need more of those quality players playing well, there’s no doubt about that,” Longmire said.
“They need to be consistent and playing better football.”
Support for the Swans came from an unlikely source in Kangaroos coach Brad Scott, who enjoyed his first win over Sydney.
He was acutely aware the Swans were missing most of their forward firepower apart from Franklin.
“They are going to look very different pretty soon so they are going to be up there again,” Scott said.
“They are going to beat some pretty good sides.”