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Lynch says no to any early AFL trade talk

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

GOLD Coast spear­head Tom Lynch won’t be re­turn­ing home to Vic­to­ria in next month’s AFL trade pe­riod af­ter knock­ing back over­tures to make an early move.

Lynch, 25 next month, is poised to be­come the most wanted man in the game next sea­son as clubs pre­pare mil­lion-dol­lar-a-year deals to land the su­per­star free agent.

In an at­tempt to bring the sit­u­a­tion for­ward, clubs in­clud­ing Richmond were keen to pull off a deal for Lynch next month in what would have been a mas­sive boost to its for­ward stocks.

The Tigers are armed with two first-round draft picks to help strike a trade deal, while Colling­wood was also a strong suitor for the 121-game power for­ward.

But Lynch has ad­vised the Suns and his agent Rob­bie D’Orazio he re­mained fully com­mit­ted to lead­ing Gold Coast in the fi­nal year of his con­tract in 2018.

It means no trade deals will be en­ter­tained in next month’s ex­change pe­riod.

How­ever, his fu­ture in the game be­yond next sea­son is still un­cer­tain.

The Suns are des­per­ate to se­cure Lynch to a long-term con­tract af­ter los­ing some of their most im­por­tant play­ers in re­cent years in­clud­ing Jaeger O’Meara and Dion Pres­tia.

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