Footy WAG Jesinta Franklin was all smiles on Thursday as she enjoyed some downtime with her children ahead of a jam-packed AFL Grand Final weekend.
The 31-year-old, who is married to Sydney Swans star Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin, went for a walk along Melbourne’s Southbank with the couple’s two kids, Tullulah, two, and Rocky, 18 months.
At one stage, the Franklins stopped on a patch of grass to say hello to a group of passing dogs.
Jesinta looked stylish and sophisticated in a beige suit over a black long-sleeved top.
She wore her long brunette hair loosely tucked behind her ears.
The model accessorised with a black leather handbag and tortoiseshell sunglasses.
Her shoes, a rare pair of Nike Air Jordan 1s that are reselling for up to $620, stood out with hints of blue under her neutral-coloured suit.
Her children were both wearing matching red and white Nike shoes in support of their dad, a key forward for the Sydney Swans.
The trio later joined a friend for a walk along the promenade. Jesinta occasionally carried Tullulah and Rocky, though they mostly walked unassisted.
Jesinta was also seen giving her son a kiss.
Buddy shocked fans on Monday when the Swans appeared to confirm he will stay at the club next year, sharing a a succinct statement that read: ‘One more #Bloods.’
Posting to Instagram hours later, Jesinta she had a ‘big week of work ahead’ as she jetted from Sydney to Melbourne for the Grand Final.
‘Made it to Melbourne. A big week ahead of work, fun, conferences, fam time…. Oh, and a Grand Final,’ the mother of two wrote while posing at Melbourne Airport.
It comes as the Swans celebrate an unexpected boost in the lead-up to the Grand Final, after Franklin announced he will remain at the club in 2023.
Franklin’s nine-year $10million deal with the Swans will expire at the end of the season and the 35-year-old’s future had long been subject of speculation.
The two-time premiership winner, however, put an end to the rumours himself on Monday evening with a succinct two-word statement reading simply: ‘One more.’
The bombshell came after months of speculation suggesting Franklin could either retire or end his nine-year spell in Sydney to play for a different club.
Early last month, the Herald Sun reported the Swans felt they were ‘close’ to agreeing a 12-month extension with the AFL superstar and were ‘surprised’ by reports Franklin had been linked with a move.
The four-time Coleman Medalist was left contemplating his future after the Swans tabled an offer of $500,000 a year, a significant reduction from Franklin’s current deal which is understood to be in the $800,000-a-season region.
Franklin’s announcement on Monday night closely followed the format of the message basketball legend Michael Jordan sent when he returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995, in which he simply proclaimed: ‘I’m back’.
However, the words ‘One more’ also left some fans confused, as they tried to figure out exactly what these words referred to.
Some supporters were unsure if it meant Franklin would be going around for another season, or just one more game – meaning he’d call it quits after Saturday’s Grand Final.
‘Mysterious. One more GAME, one more YEAR, one more DECADE,’ Natalie Gee tweeted.
‘One more game or one more year? He looks so invested in this group and club. And still plays well. But wouldn’t it be amazing to leave the big stage with another Premiership?’ wrote Florian Christoph.
Others were more blunt, writing ‘Game, season or flag?!?’ and ‘ONE MORE GAME OR ONE MORE YEAR’ – with another joking, ‘Great that he’s signed on for one more decade! Bold move by the Swans.’
Franklin will play in his sixth Grand Final when the Swans take on Geelong on Saturday.