Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis says booing ex-Hawk Lance Franklin might not be a good idea ahead of the AFL grand final.
Don't poke the bear.
Hawthorn midfielder Jordan Lewis says if his club's fans are planning to boo former Hawk Lance Franklin in Saturday's AFL grand final, maybe they should think again.
A dual-premiership player at Hawthorn, Franklin quit the Hawks after last year's flag win to join Sydney and has been a huge success, winning the Coleman Medal and finishing joint runner-up in Monday's Brownlow Medal.
Now in a dream match-up, Franklin will take on some of his best mates at the MCG on Saturday and Lewis says the champion forward will thrive on the intense atmosphere of the big stage.
"I'm against that side of the game," Lewis told reporters on Thursday after Hawthorn's training session at Waverley Park.
"Everyone who comes to the game has their own intentions.
"We can't stop it. We're not in a position to stop it.
"But you would think a guy who has given us nine years of good service, you'd think there'd be some sort of respect there and not boo him the way we've heard they're going to boo him.
"But I think that spurs him on. He loves the big occasion.
"He loves proving people wrong and if we go along that path, we might poke the bear."
Lewis and key forward Jarryd Roughead, who are joint vice-captains at Hawthorn, both made their senior debuts in 2005 in the same year as Franklin.
Asked if he'd heard from Franklin this week, Roughead said it was all quiet.
"They fly out today. I daresay we'll see him tomorrow," Roughead said.
"We've got the parade and we can say g'day then."
Lewis says while he has played in premiership sides in 2008 and 2013, the pain of the Hawks' 2012 loss to Sydney is still keenly felt.
"In the back of your mind you still remember that sort of heartache," Lewis said.
"It's hard to get rid of it.
"Whether you use that as motivation, I don't know.
"Maybe some guys I will. Maybe I will tomorrow when you're out on the ground and you're really hurting."
Sydney will start as favourites and Lewis says the fear of failure is ever present.
"There's certain thoughts that creep into your mind, what if it doesn't happen?," he said.
"We try to stop those negative thoughts coming in.
"We tasted success last year and it felt so good so they're the memories you try to bring up and try to think about before the game."
Lewis says the Swans have firepower all over the ground.
"Their backs are really good and their forwards are so potent," he said.
"They've got a really damaging midfield. They bat pretty deep and that's where we think the game will be won and lost."