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Query over Dawes as Pies welcome Lynch

Collingwood's new recruit Quinten Lynch.

Collingwood's new recruit Quinten Lynch. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

CHRIS Dawes will talk with Nathan Buckley to discuss the ramifications for him of the club's decision to sign West Coast free agent Quinten Lynch.

The Magpies' decision to bring Lynch into the club as a key forward-ruck — the role that Dawes played this year — naturally raises the question of what the signing means for the power forward.

Nathan Buckley and Chris Dawes at Collingwood training last month.

Nathan Buckley and Chris Dawes at Collingwood training last month. Photo: Getty Images

Dawes is under contract for the next two years with the Magpies but could seek a move — Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs have already expressed interest in him — if it was felt Lynch was brought in to squeeze him out.

Dawes is understood to be keen to remain at the club, particularly if the introduction of Lynch was part of a plan to restore the Magpies' effective structure of 2010-11 — with Lynch filling the Leigh Brown role of ruck-forward alongside Travis Cloke and Dawes in a three-talls forward line.

The development of young players such as Jackson Paine and Jarrod Witts might complicate plans for that forward set-up.

Having re-signed Travis Cloke to a conditional five-year contract Collingwood has a tight salary cap and bringing in Lynch, albeit not on an extravagant two-year contract, further stretches that.

Out-of-contract Magpies midfielder Sharrod Wellingham met West Coast officials on Monday and will have a medical examination this week.

The midfielder has also received a significant offer from Melbourne but there is a feeling that if he stays in Melbourne he will remain at Collingwood — where he has been offered a new contract — but if he leaves the club he will go home to Perth.

West Coast would be the most likely destination for him in Perth, especially after Fremantle signed Danyle Pearce from Port as a restricted free agent this week.

The Magpies are not understood to be in the market for Kurt Tippett, who has told Adelaide he wants a trade. Sydney has made a play for the versatile ruck-forward as well as Gold Coast and the Brisbane Lions, with the Suns remaining the most likely home for the player who grew up on the Gold Coast.

Lynch, 29, fielded offers from Melbourne and Carlton but yesterday the unrestricted free agent chose to extend his career at Collingwood. He played 209 games in 11 seasons at the Eagles, booting 281 goals. He was twice the club’s leading goalkicker.

“So many things appealed to me about the move,” Lynch  said. “It was exciting to think that I could play for the biggest club in the game and challenge myself at the same time to play a flexible role, which is what we have discussed. The idea of playing on the MCG every second week was really attractive, too.

“I’m a life member of West Coast and I’ll always think well of the club. So I hope everyone there understands that joining Collingwood was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse. The chance to reinvigorate and extend my career in Melbourne, with Collingwood, I had to take.”

Collingwood director of football, Geoff Walsh, said Lynch gave the club more flexibility, height and marking strength.

“Another strong-bodied marking target up forward will really suit the Collingwood game and Quinten can also play in the ruck. And we know very well how valuable a player is who can play those two roles,’’ Walsh said.

65 comments

  • Good get Collingwood!!!!!

    Commenter
    Ivor Biggen
    Date and time
    October 02, 2012, 2:45PM
    • How is it a good get? He's 30 years old. Jackson Paine is coming through as a forward and at 192 cm Lynch is too short to play as a ruckman. Stefan Martin would have been exactly what Collingwood need.
      I'm afraid Derek Hine has bombed out here. He is not always right. Have a look who he took at pick 45 & 46 in the 2008 Draft and then see who was pick 47. Big mistake. Huge.

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      Jeff
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 02, 2012, 4:04PM
    • This is a ridiculous move. Lynch is a has-been, never-was, who could barely get a game a West Coast. If this is the best move they have going, the slide of Collingwood will continue in 2013. As somebody else has noted, with Dawes and Lynch they now have two forward/rucks who cannot get a kick.

      Commenter
      JD
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      October 02, 2012, 6:06PM
    • that is exactly what collingwood need now - someone to help out with jolly while dawes focuses on forward, just like it was when brown was around and they won the GF that year - we miss someone helping out jolly - he can barely do 3/4 anymore - looking forward to next year already!!!

      Commenter
      Jimako
      Date and time
      October 02, 2012, 7:37PM
    • Jeff - I'll reiterate my comment about Goddard in the paper y'day.... There are some pretty damn good players playing career-best footy at Lynch's age. This idea that your best football days are before you're 27 is a bit of a misnomer. Fletcher, Harvey, Jude Bolton, Goodes, Scotland to name just a few are all playing great footy at the moment - nearly all closer to 35 than 30. Pavlich and Sam Mitchell are 30, and even Chris Judd and Dane Swan will be 29 before the next season starts....anyone care to say they don't have a few decent seasons left?? And by the way, Darren Jolly was recruited to the Pies as he turned 29 - and was a key factor in their Premiership win 12 months later.

      (PS. Im a Bombers supporter - so I'm completely impartial on the Lynch move, other than the fact I think anything is a better option than Dawes based on this years form)

      Commenter
      DJCJ
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 02, 2012, 8:46PM
    • I hear what you say DJCJ. No doubt all those players have being playing well and may well continue to do so, but the point is they are all with their original clubs (with the exception of Judd who was mid 20's when recruited and Scotland who was early 20's).
      Even Jolly was actually 28 when he played in 2010, not 29 or 30.
      The Swans who are the masters at recyclying don't recruit 30 year olds. I am not suggesting you always go for youngsters, particularly if you are looking at a player for a specific role, in fact Stefan Martin who I think Collingwood should g,o after would be 26 next season. But that's not 30 and he is also 6 cm taller than Lynch.
      I think Dawes has been vary harshly treated by the media and a lot of fans this year. He was asked by the club to perform an unfamiliar and difficult role and he gave it his best shot and anyone who watches him closely knows that he does a lot of little team things that a lot of people obviously don't notice.
      By the way Pick 47 in 2008 I was referring to was Rhys Stanley from St.Kilda. Wouldn't the Pies love him as their 2nd ruckman now. Very quick and mobile for his size, the perfect player for the 2nd ruckman role.

      Commenter
      Jeff
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 02, 2012, 10:57PM
    • @Jeff - and take a look who Hine selected with picks 11 (Steele Sidebottom), 29 (Dayne Beams) and 73 (Leigh Brown) - 3 pretty good picks.

      Commenter
      Kids
      Date and time
      October 03, 2012, 9:05AM
    • I fully agree with Jeff's 10:57 comment about Chris Dawes. DJCJ - talk about "eat our own". This is Blue beggar and Glider fan talk. How quickly you have forgotten Dawes tap on to Trav and kick to Goldie in the 2010 GF replay for thge 1st goal. And more recently, Chris D's courage and loyalty by playing with a knee injury in the Prelim against the eventual premiers.
      If CD is released then this will be a big mistake. CD Bebtleigh East

      Commenter
      CD
      Location
      Bentleigh East
      Date and time
      October 03, 2012, 11:32AM
  • Not a good trade. Maybe should have look at Malthouse lolololololololol

    Commenter
    spikegum
    Location
    coburg
    Date and time
    October 02, 2012, 2:45PM
    • its not really a trade mate.. lynch is an unrestricted free agent, which means the pies give up NOTHING to get him...
      personally i don't think its a good move, he is just another Dawes..now we got 2 big forwards (lynch and dawes) who can't get a kick...

      Commenter
      GO PIES!!
      Date and time
      October 02, 2012, 3:22PM

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