The Courier-Mail

May’s push in the right di­rec­tion

- GREG DAVIS

RUGGED Gold Coast de­fender Steven May has no re­grets about his heated con­fronta­tion with vice-cap­tain Tom Lynch in QClash 10 be­cause it rep­re­sented a sig­nif­i­cant cul­tural shift at the Suns.

May and Lynch ex­changed words and en­gaged in a mi­nor push-and-shove at quar­ter­time at the Gabba on Satur­day af­ter a melee broke out be­tween the teams.

May said he was hold­ing Lynch to ac­count as part of sweep­ing changes at the Suns un­der coach Rod­ney Eade, where ev­ery player is en­cour­aged to show more lead­er­ship.

“Be­fore the game Lynchy brought us in and just spoke about a few stan­dards we wanted to main­tain against the Lions,” May said.

“With the ri­valry there’s al­ways go­ing to be a bit of biff.

“I just no­ticed that he was caught up in it (quar­ter-time scuf­fle) too much, so I just ran over to pull him out. He was in a fight, he just turned around and pushed me out of frus­tra­tion.

“I was just keep­ing him ac­count­able to what he spoke to us about be­fore the game.

“At half­time, he said he ap­pre­ci­ated that. He said, ‘You did the right thing’. He was able to fo­cus his energy and he went on to kick five goals.”

May said the Suns were build­ing a cul­ture where “you shouldn’t feel un­com­fort­able speak­ing up for what’s right and what we stand for”.

“Since Rocket (Eade) has come in, he’s re­ally set some stan­dards from the ground up,” he said. “No mat­ter who you are, whether you be Gazza (Ablett) or Tommy Lynch … there shouldn’t be dou­ble stan­dards for the play­ing group.”

The Suns take on Rich­mond at the MCG on Sun­day and May ex­pects the Tigers to bare their claws af­ter their loss to Ade­laide last Fri­day night.

“They are go­ing to be on high alert,’’ May said. “They are go­ing to re­ally want to put us away ... so there’s no se­cret we’ve got a big task ahead of us.’’

Syd­ney have en­tered the race for out-of­con­tract Lions ruck­man Matthew Leuen­berger. Gee­long are still favourites for his ser­vices while Essendon are also un­der­stood to be in­ter­ested.

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