• Hawthorn are waiting on an answer from star AFL forward Lance Franklin on his plans for 2014.
Hawthorn are waiting on an answer from star AFL forward Lance Franklin on his plans for 2014.
20 Jul 2013 - 1:46 PM  UPDATED 28 Feb 2015 - 10:01 AM

Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold is urging star forward Lance Franklin to consider the benefits of being a one-club player while he weighs up an offer from AFL rivals Greater Western Sydney.

Two-time Coleman Medallist Franklin, who wasn't selected for Saturday's round-17 clash with Western Bulldogs in Launceston because of a knee problem, is the subject of a massive offer reportedly worth $10 million over six years from the league's bottom side.

Newbold described himself as a football traditionalist.

He said he would be disappointed if Franklin, 26, quit the club.

"I personally would (be)," Newbold told reporters on Saturday.

"I like to see players play their career at one club. I think people can underestimate what that actually provides when you play at one club for that long.

"You can see people like Peter Hudson who played pretty much at one club and the benefit they get from sticking with one club.

"Counter to that, you look at someone like Brendon Goddard.

"If you look at someone like Brendon Goddard, is he a St Kilda player or is he an Essendon player when he finishes his career?

"That's something he'll have to ask himself. But I think you can get a lot of benefit from being a one-club player."

Newbold said the Hawks had tabled a respectful offer to Franklin's management.

"The ball's in his court," Newbold said.

"He wants to put it off until the end of the year. I've said if it was proving to be a distraction, we might need to be more proactive.

"But the fact is we are 13-2 (win-loss) and the group is really well connected and going well."

Newbold said Franklin's knee complaint, which has kept the 175-game veteran out of action since round 15, was not a major one.

"My understanding is that he's had that for a while and it's manageable," Newbold said.

Newbold said the beauty of being on top of the ladder after 16 rounds was the Hawks could take a cautious approach to managing players ahead of the finals series.

Three-time All-Australian Franklin has booted 558 career goals including 38 in 14 matches in 2013.