An injury-plagued 2017 season may have been a blessing in disguise for Gold Coast Suns’ key forward Tom Lynch.
The Suns’ co-captain managed to make 19 appearances for the Suns last season, but he was seldom at the level of fitness that has many of the bigger Victorian Clubs drooling at the prospect of Lynch coming off contract at the end of 2018.
Lynch is 25, presumably in or moving into his prime, so he could have his eyes set on a deal that will carry him on through to the end of his playing days.
He averages nearly two goals per game over 121 games with Gold Coast and more than a few think that Lynch is the best player in the competition, including five-time premiership hawthorn hawk Dermott Brereton, who said that Lynch was, “The very best player in the comp.”
“If he stays injury free, you’ll look at him and you’ll say, ‘imagine him in one of the top teams,” Brereton told SEN.
The Collingwood Magpies are speculated to be keen pursuers of Lynch, but Hawthorn would like to get their talons on him and the Tigers would like to get him with their claws. Figuratively speaking, of course.
Can Gold Coast find the money to keep him?
It seems doubtful, as it is not so much a question of funds, but a dismal culture that has the Suns’ players running for cover, including Gary Ablett, who did everything short of begging, so far as we know at least, to get away and back to the Geelong Cats.
The latest victim to accept the mantle of head coach for the Suns, which is something like being banished to The Wall in Game of Thrones, Stuart Dew, told SEN, My job, really, is to create an environment where he wants to be part of it. I’m not going to be able to speculate on timelines, that’s not for me to say — but I guess I’m going to be answering it the same and everyone’s probably going to be sick of hearing it as much as I’ll be sick of getting asked.”