Franklin stands out in red and white

The former Hawk champion was under the microscope as the players completed a 3km time trial followed by a skills session and repeat running.

He finished in the middle of the pack in the time trial, coach John Longmire saying he was satisfied with the first-up effort of his high-priced recruit.

"He did the 3km time trial and he and Ted Richards were the first of our key position players across the line," Longmire told reporters.

"From that aspect, Teddy Richards is a pretty good runner, but we're still getting used to what (Franklin) can and can't do as far as his running capacity is concerned. "We know that Teddy can run pretty well as a player who is 6'3"- 6'4" and Buddy is bigger than that and he finished around about the same time as Teddy. Seeing what he was able to do on the ground today is certainly something I'm sure the players are excited about."

Longmire said the players would undertake an intensive program over the next two weeks to be on track leading into 2014.