After weeks of speculation about his future, Gold Coast Suns co-captain Tom Lynch has told the club he wants to leave and head to a club in Melbourne.
Lynch arrived back on the Gold Coast today after spending the last couple of weeks in Melbourne recovering from knee surgery.
He was remaining tight-lipped about his future ahead of a meeting with Suns officials.
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Suns CEO Mark Evans confirmed that Lynch broke the news this afternoon.
“Upon our request Tom Lynch has advised the club of his desire to exercise his rights as a Restricted Free Agent during October’s Free Agency Period,” Mr Evans said in a statement.
“We’ve been in constant dialogue with Tom and his management throughout the year, early last month we had indications that the decision was heading this way and we asked Tom to give us a decision when he returned to the club.”
Lynch has also been stripped of his co-captaincy role.
The Suns had appeared resigned to losing Lynch after a lack of discussion about him potentially staying, while at the same time met with officials from Collingwood, Hawthorn and Richmond.
Richmond appear to be the front runners for Lynch’s signature.
Lynch is a restricted free agent so can nominate his club of choice and the Suns have the right to match.
If the Suns decide not match any offer for Lynch, the club would receive pick number three in the draft based on their current position on the ladder.
“Tom understands all the mechanics of being a Restricted Free Agent, which ultimately can’t come to a conclusion until October,” Mr Evans said.
“Importantly for us we still have four matches to play this season and our focus is on continuing to build an environment and game plan that will set us up for the future.”