Buddy Franklin. Photo: Anthony Johnson
Coach and teammates are lauding star forward Lance Franklin for his defensive efforts rather than his goalkicking feats during Sydney's increasing hot streak.
While he has started paying back the Swans nine-year $10 million investment with 40 goals, including 26 in the last six games, it's been his pressure acts that have earned the greatest appreciation from his new teammates.
Franklin, who kicked 5.3 in Saturday's 46-point home win over Greater Western Sydney, followed up a career-best seven tackles in the previous round against Richmond with four more against the Giants.
Clearly fitter than earlier in the year when he had injury niggles, Franklin also produced some eye-catching chases and pressure acts as Sydney strolled to a 10th straight win.
"The goals are great, that he's kicking those, but his work ethic and his pressure last night was great as well," said Swans midfielder-forward Ben McGlynn, who also played alongside Franklin at Hawthorn.
"Those tackles, those run downs from behind. Those things we value those more than his goals."
Asked if he thought 27-year-old Franklin was till improving, McGlynn replied: "You'd like to hope so.
"I'm sure he would like to hope he can develop his game and you always want to improve as a player."
Coach John Longmire also lavished praise on Franklin for his defensive efforts.
"We've been really pleased with both sides of the ball with Lance," Longmire said
"His ability to score, but also his defensive work has been really good."
Sydney are just two victories shy of equalling their club record run, but the hype-averse Swans aren't paying too much attention to that potential landmark.
"It's great for the club, but the boys don't buy into it much," said McGlynn, who declared himself rusty after returning from a two-week layoff caused by a fractured thumb.
Longmire underlined the value of McGlynn, who is enjoying one of his best seasons as he shuttles effectively between midfield and his traditional small forward role.
"He's an important player for us Benny, he gives us real life and energy," Longmire said.
Sydney will endeavour to make it seven wins from as many interstate games this season when they play the Eagles in Perth next Sunday.
Adam Goodes is set to to play a record 341st competition game for an indigenous player, eclipsing the mark he currently shares with Adelaide great Andrew McLeod.