Lynch seeks glove exemption
Collingwood forward Quinten Lynch says he needs a glove due to his injured finger (seen below). Photo: Pat Scala
COLLINGWOOD forward Quinten Lynch is seeking a medical exemption from the AFL's ban on players wearing gloves, saying if he can't wear a glove he will have to chop off his finger.
Lynch badly broke the little finger on his right hand several years ago and since then the finger points out at right angles from the first knuckle.
Wearing a special glove and having the pinky and ring finger strapped enables him to still play and keep the finger.
The AFL announced in the off-season that it had banned players from wearing specific brands of gloves for fear of players getting an unnatural advantage.
Some gloves were not banned, but were understood to not be suitable for Lynch.
In the first NAB Cup match on Friday night, Travis Cloke, who has also regularly worn a glove in matches, dispensed with the glove, but Lynch persevered with having the glove on.
''I have a medical exemption in at the moment trying to get that passed,'' Lynch said of the fact he continued with the glove.
''I have got a pretty dodgy finger on my right hand, so that is a work in progress. I have to wear a glove of some description. It is either wear a glove or get my finger chopped off,'' he said.
Former teammate Daniel Chick famously chopped off the top of one of his fingers due to a similar complaint but Lynch said this was not a serious option for him as a marking forward.
''It's on my little finger, so it is a bit more important [than Chick's finger],'' he said.
The AFL has rejected six types of gloves for providing too much grip and has so far approved only four for the new campaign. The banned gloves are Under Armour Blur II, Ironclad Box Handler Safety, Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Football Receiver, Nike Magnigrip Elite Remix 2.0, Nike Superbad and Gilbert Rugby.
The four approved brands are the Franklin Football, Gilbert Pro Netball, Grays Skinfit Hockey and Rawlings Adult Dynamics Fit 355 Series.
Lynch played his first game for Collingwood in Friday night's NAB Cup opening round and admitted it would take time for him and Cloke to forge an understanding and for him to grasp the new team's plans and methods.
''It takes a while, but I am not too worried about other people's expectations,'' Lynch said.
''I know what I have come over to do for the club and what they want us to do together, so I am looking forward to the challenge and I think over the next few weeks we will grow and the connection will become better and that is the same with all the forwards.''
On Friday night, Cloke began the game playing deep from the goal square with Lynch high up the ground, but he said the pair were likely to have a rolling rotation of positions.
Lynch, who joined Collingwood as a free agent this season, will confront West Coast and his former premiership teammates in the next round. ''Definitely on my side and with my teammates there was no bad blood … I am not too fussed about it,'' he said.