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Suns’ star has big call on future
The Suns will also likely part with former captain Gary Ablett next month or he will retire from the AFL.
Lynch, who became cocaptain this season, battled injury this year and wants to capture career-best form under a new coach in 2018 to help lift his club up the ladder.
He has not played a single Friday night game or final in his first seven years at the Suns. Hawthorn legend Dermott Brereton this year labelled Lynch the No.1 player in the game.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has raised the prospect of making Lynch an AFL ambassador in Queensland if he re-signs, adding to his earning power.
It could help make Lynch up to another $50,000$100,000 a year on top of his Suns salary.
But Lynch will likely put off a decision on his future until the back half of next season as he focuses on reviving the club’s on-field prospects after another terrible year.
They finished second last on the ladder with only six wins in 2017. Lynch said this week he was excited about the challenge facing Gold Coast next year and wasn’t thinking about his contract.
“I actually haven’t thought about it because we don’t have a coach at the moment, so I think that’s first and foremost for a footy club – they’ll be sorting that out,” Lynch said.
“We’re looking forward to seeing who gets announced and it’ll be exciting time for us.
“As a club and as a playing group, we were really disappointed with our year.
“Obviously it’s not the standards we set or any club sets, to be honest.
“We’ll obviously get a new coach – that’ll be an exciting time, a fresh start and looking forward to next year and seeing what happens.”