Richmond’s reported mortgage on departing Gold Coast co-captain Tom Lynch hasn’t stopped Hawthorn in its quest to lure the star free agent, with details emerging of a recent meeting between Lynch and Hawks captain Jarryd Roughead.
The Age has learned that Roughead reached out to Lynch when he was on the Gold Coast two weeks ago and the pair caught up, but Hawthorn have now privately all but conceded that Lynch will be a Tiger in 2019.
It’s unclear why Roughead was in Queensland at the time, but it was during a two week period where the Hawks’ skipper didn’t play due to injury.
While several reports have declared Lynch a certainty to pick Richmond as his club of choice, the meeting with Roughead would suggest Lynch was still contemplating his future as recently as a fortnight ago.
Lynch attended the Suns’ best and fairest on the weekend, which was won by veteran Jarrod Harbrow ahead of midfielder Touk Miller and recruit Lachie Weller.
In demand: Tom Lynch.
Lynch will leave the Suns a two time best and fairest winner and an All Australian, kicking 254 goals in his 131 games.
Despite the approach from Roughead, one of Hawthorn’s most decorated and distinguished players, the Tigers remain in the box seat to snare Lynch once their season is complete.
Richmond has recently re-negotiated the contracts of three of their stars Trent Cotchin, Alex Rance and Jack Riewoldt to insure they have enough salary cap space for Lynch, who is likely to sign a six or seven year contract with his next club.
Lynch was courted by coach Damien Hardwick and senior players including Cotchin, Rance, Riewoldt and Dustin Martin at a dinner several weeks ago and Hardwick’s house.
The Magpies are also refusing to give up hope and coach Nathan Buckley has already stated that he and Lynch met during the year, while list manager Ned Guy has travelled to Lynch’s family home in Sorrento on at least one occasion to meet with Lynch and his management.
Lynch won’t make his decision public until after the finals series, with all three clubs courting him having finished in the top four and hoping to go deep into September.
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