Tom Lynch is firmly in the hunt to deliver a personal honour Gold Coast have never won in their AFL history, but he’s adamant the Coleman Medal isn’t on his mind going into the final three weeks of the season.
Lynch (61) is level with Sydney’s Buddy Franklin in the goal-kicking tally for 2016, and six behind West Coast spearhead Josh Kennedy after the Eagle booted seven goals against Fremantle at the weekend.
The Suns forward will have a great chance to add to his tally this weekend against bottom-placed Essendon, in what will be Lynch’s 100th AFL match.
He says getting a win over the Bombers is all he’s worried about, especially after Kennedy’s big haul gave him a significant lead in the Coleman hunt.
“During the game you don’t really think about it,” Lynch said.
“He’s shot out in front. He’s going to be pretty hard to catch now.”
The 23-year-old’s unselfish attitude is typical of Lynch’s campaign.
Not only has he kicked a club record tally of goals, Lynch is third in the league with 21 score assists behind West Coast’s Jamie Cripps (23) and Adelaide’s Taylor Walker (22).
It’s a style he admits has probably cost him some goals in 2016, but one he’s not going to change.
“I went to pass it to Brandon (Matera) on the weekend and it didn’t come off and I copped a bit of stick for that,” Lynch said.
“It’s a team game and you do your best to try and get the win.”