ALASTAIR Lynch retired almost 10 years ago, and football has since undergone a tectonic shift.
Obviously one change: visible tattoos.
‘‘ There weren’t many at all. I don’t think anyone in our team had the tatts that were on the arms . . . there were a few premiership tattoos on the back and tucked under socks but no, it’s a very different look these days,’’ Lynch says.
And there also appears to be more drugs now. In 1998, Lynch was investigated after a drug he’d been prescribed, DHEA, was banned.
‘‘ My situation, I was getting treated for a medical condition and I advised the AFL that my medication had been put on the banned list so I went through all the correct protocols and made sure I ticked all the boxes so I don’t think I was ever in any trouble at all.’’
He says drugs are a serious problem, but frustrating for commentators because of the lack of publicly available facts.
‘‘ The players have got a responsibility to make sure they do the right thing, but the reality is they rely heavily on advice from others and the buck stops with the doctor.’’
But the buck doesn’t stop with the doctor, it stops with the player.
‘‘ That’s right. The buck stops with the player. But part of that process is the player actually goes to the club doctor and relies heavily on the club doctor’s information.’’
So the doctor is going to have to have their phone on at 2am during the off-season? ‘‘ Oh, absolutely.’’ Lynch says if a pharmaceut- icals company was to sponsor a jumper, he’d be comfortable with it. How is he with betting agencies sponsoring teams?
‘‘ Well, that’s the thing, again these grey areas,’’ he says. ‘‘ The AFL and, therefore, the AFL players do receive a lot of money from gambling organisations. And they certainly reap great rewards from our sport. In the media as well, we’ve got sponsorship from a sports bet organisation. So I think that’s fine.’’
Lynch was unaware of the recent allegation made by Channel 7’s Brian Taylor about Majak Daw — that his name is in fact pronounced ‘‘ Dow’’ and he’s just too shy to correct everyone. After the Bounce, Fox Footy, Sunday, 7.30pm
Drugs, tattoos, betting: Alastair Lynch says footy has changed a lot in 10 years.