Tom Lynch has copped some blowback after quitting the Gold Coast Suns. Picture: Adam Head
Tom Lynch has copped some blowback after quitting the Gold Coast Suns. Picture: Adam Head

Disloyal? Suns players argue over Lynch decision

TENSIONS erupted when the Suns leadership group met with captain Tom Lynch on Thursday night, with older players taking offence at younger teammates questioning the former skipper's loyalty.

Lynch met with the extended leadership group before addressing the entire playing list.

Touk Miller made his feelings known about Lynch's departure, which did not impress some of his older teammates.

They were angered by the use of strong language about Lynch's loyalty.

Lynch also pushed back, telling Miller he had served eight years and never breached a contract.

Brayden Fiorini, Lachie Weller and Jack Bowes were invited to join the leadership meeting and also gave strong feedback to Lynch.

After Lynch departed, David Swallow berated the younger players for the way they had treated his long-time teammate.

The Suns confirmed there were strong words exchanged in the meeting but said the entire leadership group was united on the decision to strip Lynch of the captaincy.

 

Suns players Touk Miller and Tom Lynch at a footy clinic.
Suns players Touk Miller and Tom Lynch at a footy clinic.

Former Suns coach Rodney Eade said on Friday that he was surprised by how the club handled Lynch's decision.

"One past player I've spoken to said it was just so blunt and the playing group delivered it and a lot of younger blokes delivered it, not hierarchy and not sat down in a respectful way," he told Melbourne's Macquarie Sports Radio.

"I found that very surprising, to be honest.

"There's a lot of other players that have left, that have left after four years and three years, but he's given eight years.

"If I was a player in that room who's been there for six to eight years equivalent, from what I've heard with the way it was done, I would think 'Well, what are they going to do to me?'

"I wouldn't have thought it was a very positive way to portray the club to other players."



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