Lynch says no to any early AFL trade talk
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.