Former Gold Coast SUNS captain Tom Lynch is officially a Tiger.
Richmond confirmed in a statement a short time ago that they had secured the Gold Coast restricted free agent on a seven-year deal after lodging an offer for the star full-forward last Friday.
It comes after the SUNS decided not to match the offer presented to Lynch.
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“While we would all much rather retain Tom, the mechanics of Free Agency and the level of compensation we receive would suggest this is the best course of action for us at this point in time,” Gold Coast CEO Mark Evans said.
He thanked Lynch for his contribution to the club over the past eight years.
“Tom’s contribution to our club has been significant, as a two-time Best & Fairest winner, All Australian and Captain he will always be welcomed back at the Suns,” Evans added.
“We understand the current free agency system is part of the AFL landscape, we respect Tom’s decision and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”
Richmond’s General Manager Neil Balme said he was “looking forward to seeing Tom in yellow and black.”
“We’re pleased to welcome Tom to our football club,” Balme said.
“Tom is clearly a talented footballer, but he also has great leadership qualities and a strong work ethic.
“At only 25 years of age, he is an exciting prospect and has many years of good football ahead of him.”
A premier key forward who earnt All Australian honours in 2016, Lynch was a four-time leading goal kicker at the SUNS, dual best-and-fairest and served as co-captain in 2017 and 2018.
🚨 DONE DEAL 🚨
Tom Lynch has officially joined @Richmond_FC.
— AFL (@AFL) October 8, 2018
It’s also been announced today that Richmond’s Corey Ellis and Anthony Miles will leave the club for the Gold Coast SUNS.
“Gold Coast will receive Ellis, Miles and Richmond’s 2019 third round draft selection, in exchange for their 2019 third round pick,” Richmond confirmed in a statement on Monday.
— Richmond FC 🐯 (@Richmond_FC) October 8, 2018