Footy star’s blockbuster move revealed
GOLD Coast Suns former skipper Tom Lynch was the biggest name on the market entering free agency this season.
The 25-year-old star forward's future has long been speculated after enduring a tough eight seasons with the Suns.
A move back to Victoria was all but assured with three teams leading the charge to secure the services of the marquee player.
But it now seems his future landing place has been announced on the eve of the AFL finals getting underway.
Hawthorn and Collingwood have reportedly both been told they've missed out on the hottest ticket on the market, according to The Age's Michael Gleeson.
In a move sure to cause severe backlash throughout the league, Lynch has decided to join a dominant Richmond team who are aiming to claim back-to-back AFL premierships.
AFL 360 hosts Gerard Whateley and Mark Robinson spoke on the subject with Whateley pointing out the imbalance of the system.
"An unbelievable get. A player like him going to the best team in the competition will improve them no end," Robinson said.
"It's not how free agency was conceived, it's not how it was sold and it's not how it was implemented, but it was absolutely inevitable," Whateley added.
His move back to Victoria means he'll be earning less money than he could have racked in had he of stayed with the struggling Suns.
In a Twitter poll posted by Real Footy, the question was asked if Lynch's move to join Richmond is good for the game. After 526 votes, the majority of voters were clearly backing the no option.
Lynch has shown throughout his career that he can turn a game on its head with his stellar play in front of goal.
Despite a lowly 2018 season where he only managed 10 games, Lynch is only two years removed from a stellar 2016 season which ended in him earning a starting spot in the AFL's All-Australian team.
His decision to leave the Suns, a side which has never finished higher than 12th spot on the ladder, was slammed by teammates and media personalities.
Kane Cornes blasted Lynch, accusing him of being a poor leader this season and letting his teammates and the entire organisation down.
"The on-field performance tells only half the tale. Most alarming has been his behaviour away from the footy field," Cornes said on SEN Mornings. "It's no secret that Lynch has been thinking about leaving the Suns for some time.
"Why did Lynch accept the captaincy, knowing his main focus this year was working out where his future lied?
"There's little doubt that he's let his teammates down that put their trust in him as the captain of their footy club.
"It's also unfathomable that the skipper, whilst in Melbourne rehabbing his knee, was caught out for the second time that we know of meeting with one of his suitors Collingwood.
"The fact his current club, the one he's captain of, knew nothing about.
"2018 has been a poor example of leadership from Lynch in every way."
Former Suns coach Rodney Eade revealed the moment Lynch notified the playing group of his decision to leave at season's end didn't sit well with the squad.
Lynch's loyalty was then brutally called into question, reportedly by junior members of the playing group.
Eade told Macquarie Sports Radio the situation was not handled well by the Suns - and has caused friction within the playing group.