Saints Join the Race to Sign Tom Lynch
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It appears as though St Kilda have emerged as another team keen to get their hands on the signature of Gold Coast Suns’ star player, Tom Lynch. According to some sources the club has been in talks with the forward’s managers and are ready to put a substantial offer on the table to lure the star player to Docklands Stadium.
The Saints have plenty of freed up cap space and have spoken previously about their desire to add a big name signing to their roster. It is reported that the organisation is even prepared to get into a bidding war to make sure they get their man with several other clubs also reporting interest.
Lynch still has one more year left at the Suns, but at the end of this season will become a restricted free agent. The much sought after full-forward is already topping the shopping list of many Victorian clubs, who wish to add him to their squad.
St Kilda football manager Simon Lethlean, has expressed interest already, as well as the club’s recruitment manager Tony Elshaug. It’s a big move for the club that often struggled last year, finishing off the normal season in 11th place and subsequently missing out on the finals.
However, Saints legend Nick Riewoldt said he was a little shocked by the move considering the amount of money the club invested in Paddy McCartin with the No. 1 draft pick only two years ago. He did add, though, that a player of Lynch’s calibre would be a massive signing for St Kilda, and with a lack of big names at the club he wasn’t that surprised that they were expressing an interest. Even though the Saints have a lot of depth in that position, acquiring a player like Tom would be a fantastic piece of business for the club.
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Last season St Kilda were just four points away from making the finals but their percentage of 96.9 would’ve seen West Coast and Essendon still stay in the eight. Having some extra firepower in the top half of the field would certainly help to bring that percentage up in the future. Making the finals in 2018 will be coach Alan Richardson’s primary objective this year and could help entice Lynch to Moorabbin if the club was on the up. They are $2.50 to make the top eight according to the latest AFL odds, but will have some steep competition from teams like Freemantle, Collingwood, West Coast and the Bulldogs, who will all be chasing those last finals spots.
Lynch has also been linked with Richmond, Collingwood and Hawthorn, with rumours circulating that some teams are willing to offer up to $1.5 million a season for his services. The Suns obviously don’t want to lose their star man and are reportedly looking to put a big long-term deal on the table as well.
If the Saints did acquire Lynch’s signature it would leave them with a bit of a surplus dilemma in that particular position. They already have McCartin who is three years into his development, as well as Josh Bruce and Tim Membrey, who are both definitely on the rise. There is also youngster Josh Battle, who is highly rated and on the verge of cracking into the side. If they can lock in a deal with the Gold Coast forward, the option to trade one or even two of the other forwards could give them a strategic advantage in next year’s trade and draft periods.