The Courier-Mail

May’s push in the right direction

- GREG DAVIS

RUGGED Gold Coast defender Steven May has no regrets about his heated confrontat­ion with vice-captain Tom Lynch in QClash 10 because it represente­d a significan­t cultural shift at the Suns.

May and Lynch exchanged words and engaged in a minor push-and-shove at quartertim­e at the Gabba on Saturday after a melee broke out between the teams.

May said he was holding Lynch to account as part of sweeping changes at the Suns under coach Rodney Eade, where every player is encouraged to show more leadership.

“Before the game Lynchy brought us in and just spoke about a few standards we wanted to maintain against the Lions,” May said.

“With the rivalry there’s always going to be a bit of biff.

“I just noticed that he was caught up in it (quarter-time scuffle) too much, so I just ran over to pull him out. He was in a fight, he just turned around and pushed me out of frustratio­n.

“I was just keeping him accountabl­e to what he spoke to us about before the game.

“At halftime, he said he appreciate­d that. He said, ‘You did the right thing’. He was able to focus his energy and he went on to kick five goals.”

May said the Suns were building a culture where “you shouldn’t feel uncomforta­ble speaking up for what’s right and what we stand for”.

“Since Rocket (Eade) has come in, he’s really set some standards from the ground up,” he said. “No matter who you are, whether you be Gazza (Ablett) or Tommy Lynch … there shouldn’t be double standards for the playing group.”

The Suns take on Richmond at the MCG on Sunday and May expects the Tigers to bare their claws after their loss to Adelaide last Friday night.

“They are going to be on high alert,’’ May said. “They are going to really want to put us away ... so there’s no secret we’ve got a big task ahead of us.’’

Sydney have entered the race for out-ofcontract Lions ruckman Matthew Leuenberge­r. Geelong are still favourites for his services while Essendon are also understood to be interested.

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