Pity the poor clubs of South Australia, West Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.
Every time they experience some degree of success, the deep-pocketed Victorians circle like vultures, dangling money in front of stars, many of whom are from Victoria and often want to play in front of family and friends in the friendly environs of MCG and other local venues.
The Crows are facing the prospect of losing Tom Lynch, who has been one of the lynch-pins (sic) in the Crows success over the last seasons.
Adelaide list manager Justin Reid has to walk into a meeting with Lynch’s management, knowing, according to Reid, that the parties to the negotiation are, “some way apart financially.”
It was reported that Lynch was seen in Melbourne touring homes for sale, an ominous portent for the fans and supporters of Lynch and the Crows.
Lynch is out of contract at the end of the 2018 AFL season and no fewer than four of the Victorian clubs looking to snatch Lynch out of South Australia. Those clubs are the St. Kilda Saints, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Carlton Blues and Melbourne Demons.
It is hard to see inside the head of Lynch, but on the surface, the question is how much money it would require for Lynch to agree to play for the Blues or the Saints. The Dees are on the rise and the Roos seem intent on improving, although they may be a couple of seasons away from being legitimate flag contenders.
Lynch was with the Saints at one time, but jumped to the Crows after the 2010 season. That might supply some influence.
Meanwhile, the Roos have been after top players and are keen to find one after having failed to acquire Dustin Martin or Josh Kelly.
Lynch is obviously a valuable commodity for any team, due to his ability to form a key link between defence and attack, something that will never be taken for granted.
This would have to be considered Lynch’s best and last shot at landing a big-money contract, as he is getting on in years and games on his clock.