Gold Coast Suns
After watching Gary Ablett finally bring his Queensland sojourn to a close, the Suns head into the new season with another axe hanging over the club’s metaphorical head – star forward Tom Lynch (left) assumes the Dustin Martin/ Nat Fyfe position of last year as the most speculated about footballer in the land.
Kevin Bartlett compared Lynch’s potential move to Ablett-to-the-GC or Buddy-to-the-Swans. “Maybe he could be the first $2m man,” Bartlett said on sports radio. It’s telling that most observers gave little chance to the 25-year-old Lynch, a Suns co-captain who hails from Victoria, of staying.
It’s a harsh thought that a club established only eight years ago is staring at a blank drawing board. With each comparison to GWS, it looks a little worse for the Suns, yet another victim of the Gold Coast’s sporting morass. It falls to new coach Stuart Dew to turn the operation around, and the dual premiership winner and Sydney Swans’ assistant surely has experience of successful cultures.
What he won’t have initially is a home ground. With the Commonwealth Games in town, the Suns have to play four home games in locales such as Cairns, Perth, Brisbane and Shanghai. They’ll return to Metricon by round 11, and hopefully still have something to play for.
Improbable scenario: Lynch admits to the media that he’s thinking a lot about his next contract.