Gold Coast Suns

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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.

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