Player preview – Tom Lynch
Games in 2019: 22
Average in 2019: 71.5 (75.8 inc finals)
Goals in 2019: 54.30 (63.31 inc finals)
Price in 2020: $388,800
With the shocking news that Buddy is again facing an interrupted preseason, we, the SuperCoach community, need a new key forward to obsess over. Join me on the journey as I ask: why not Tom Lynch?
Tom Lynch arrived at the Tigers having gone under the knife in July of 2018 to fix a PCL injury that he picked up earlier in the year. He initially tried to manage the injury before eventually being advised by the SUNS “medical board” (a term I use loosely) that surgery would be the best route for him. Tom said this at the time:
“I’ve been doing all I can to rehab the injury without requiring surgery. That has meant I haven’t been able to get out there and train with the team during the week like you normally would.”
For Tom to manage a complete season (plus all three finals matches) in his first season at Tigerland was nothing short of remarkable. When fellow key forward, Jack Riewoldt, went down in round 2 with a wrist injury and then again in his round 6 return with a knee injury, any plans to ease Lynch and his bung knee into the season went out the window. Not only did he need to learn the “Richmond way”, he had to do so on the back of a very limited training program. You can see this in his pre-bye stats
749 points. Average – 57.6
1x 100 score (9x under 70 – two more of exactly 70)
4/13 double figure possession games
4/13 games of 5+ marks
Looking at those stats, you’d be excused for thinking that bloody Kev has got his hand on it again thinking about Richmond blokes (which I do, but that’s besides the point). Once Tom had learned the ropes and started to get some confidence in his body, it’s his post-bye stats that have me excited for what a fit Tom can do in 2020.
826 points. Ave 91.7
6x 100+ scores (1x under 70)
4/9 double figure possession games
5/9 games of 5+ marks
Lynch reported for training in December having avoided any post season surgeries
“I’m feeling great and I’m in everything at the moment, so it’s nice to be out there at this time of year instead of in the gym and swimming in the pool.”
Also of note is his relationship with Jack Riewoldt. From round 17 onwards they shared the forward 50 with Tom outscoring Jack in 8 of their 10 appearances together.
For SuperCoach, there’s always the key forward red flag hanging over his head, one that owners of Jeremy Cameron in 2019 can attest to as being a painful one. Like with any key forward, there is a going to be a significant gap between his best and worst (as you can see from the 71 point swing from round 22 to round 23) However, with an big game in the opening rounds at a starting price of 388.8k, I can see Tom easily cracking 450-500k early in season.
The Verdict: Track his preseason closely, if he hits the ground running it’s hard ignore the end of season numbers a fit Tom Lynch was putting up in the second half of the year. With Buddy unexpectedly getting injured during the preseason, something I sure many of us didn’t see coming, a swap to Lynch won’t have you tearing up your side.
What do you reckon, community? Is Tom Lynch worth a punt in 2020?