Tom Lynch won’t play another game of AFL in 2018 but that can’t stop the drama swirling around the Suns co-captain.
The key forward will be one of the most highly sought after free agents when he comes off contract at the end of the 2018 season.
After spending eight years on the Coast, it looks likely he’ll return to Victoria to join a Melbourne powerhouse club.
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Collingwood and Richmond have been heavily linked to Lynch, with Magpies Coach Nathan Buckley admitting he’s personally met with the Suns co-captain.
“Tom Lynch is a player I could see fitting into our structure very well and making us a better team,” he told Channel 9.
“If that’s an indication of our interest in him then so bit it.”
Buckley wouldn’t outline exactly where or when the pair met but said it was a “fair while ago”.
There’s still a sliver of hope for Gold Coast fans that the key forward might remain at the Suns.
Lynch’s manager, Paul Connors, told 3AW his client is battling with the decision of leaving the Coast.
“I remember him saying once that he would struggle to find himself playing in another jumper,” Connors said on Saturday afternoon.
“He’s got to make a decision whether he comes home or whether he continues the journey with the Gold Coast Suns.”
Lynch has returned home to Victoria to spend time with his family while he recovers from a knee injury.