JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

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.


  • Good get Collingwood!!!!!

    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.

      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.

      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!!!

      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)

      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.

      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.

      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

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

    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 we got 2 big forwards (lynch and dawes) who can't get a kick...

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

More comments

Comments are now closed

Related Coverage

Dons deny any 'lure' in Goddard deal

The AFL's investigator will determine if alleged talks about a potential third-party deal to lure Brendon Goddard to Essendon between the club and its former chairman needs further examination.

Malthouse puts faith in experience

Mick Malthouse says he is looking forward to introducing Carlton players to a game plan he has honed over 28 years of coaching, and one he thinks can help the club play 'consistent finals football'.

Tippett flies from Crows, but not clear where

Forward Kurt Tippett is leaving Adelaide but where he will play in the 2013 AFL season is yet to be revealed.

Goddard made decision that was 'outside team structure': Watters

St Kilda coach Scott Watters has lashed out at Brendon Goddard, accusing the star player of making big money his priority in joining Essendon.

St Kilda's turn to go shopping

St Kilda will make a bid for Gold Coast's Josh Caddy and West Coast defender Mitch Brown in a effort to turn loss into gain.

Judd backs player power in free agency

Chris Judd is encouraged by the amount of control the new rules have given players.

Dees not resigned to Rivers loss

Demons reinforce interest in Magpie forward Chris Dawes, but are not resigned to losing Jared Rivers.

Related Coverage

HuffPost Australia

AFL 2015

Round 1
Thu, 02 AprTimes shown AEDT
CAR 78vs RIC 105 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MEL 115vs GCF 89 Stats
SYD 72vs ESS 60 Stats
BRI 74vs COL 86 Stats
WBU 97vs WCE 87 Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 78vs GWS 87 Stats
ADE 140vs NTH 63 Stats
FRE 75vs PTA 68 Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 123vs GEE 61 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 2
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE 131vs CAR 62 Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 66vs WBU 85 Report Stats
GWS 101vs MEL 56 Stats
COL 63vs ADE 90 Report Stats
GCF 76vs STK 104 Stats
PTA 44vs SYD 92 Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
GEE 60vs FRE 104 Stats
ESS 78vs HAW 76 Stats
NTH 133vs BRI 51 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 3
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
COL 140vs STK 66 Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
CAR 84vs ESS 105 Stats
ADE 80vs MEL 55 Stats
SYD 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
NTH 105vs PTA 113 Stats
BRI 58vs RIC 137 Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 127vs WBU 57 Stats
GEE 105vs GCF 96 Stats
WCE 81vs FRE 111 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 4
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 51vs MEL 83 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 81vs CAR 121 Report Report Stats
ESS 49vs COL 69 Report Stats
GWS 119vs GCF 53 Stats
PTA 99vs HAW 91 Stats
FRE 74vs SYD 60 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 65vs WCE 118 Stats
GEE 67vs NTH 83 Stats
WBU 125vs ADE 68 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 5
Fri, 01 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 45vs COL 120 Stats
Sat, 02 MayTimes shown AEST
RIC 76vs GEE 85 Stats
SYD 73vs WBU 77 Stats
GCF 118vs BRI 54 Stats
NTH 70vs HAW 130 Stats
WCE 120vs GWS 33 Stats
Sun, 03 MayTimes shown AEST
MEL 50vs FRE 118 Stats
STK 80vs ESS 82 Stats
ADE 91vs PTA 115 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 6
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
COL 59vs GEE 100 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH 109vs RIC 74 Stats
WBU 87vs STK 94 Stats
GWS 108vs HAW 98 Stats
GCF 78vs ADE 119 Stats
MEL 50vs SYD 88 Stats
FRE 80vs ESS 52 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
CAR 75vs BRI 84 Report Stats
PTA 68vs WCE 78 Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 7
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 82vs NTH 93 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
ADE 119vs STK 73 Stats
HAW 155vs MEL 50 Stats
CAR 57vs GWS 135 Stats
SYD 120vs GEE 77 Stats
WCE 135vs GCF 43 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
WBU 88vs FRE 101 Stats
RIC 105vs COL 100 Report Stats
BRI 102vs PTA 65 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 8
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
GEE 140vs CAR 63 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
STK 78vs WCE 131 Report Stats
GWS 108vs ADE 84 Report Stats
GCF 63vs COL 132 Report Stats
HAW 69vs SYD 73 Report Stats
FRE 115vs NTH 42 Report Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
ESS 136vs BRI 78 Report Stats
MEL 103vs WBU 64 Report Stats
PTA 43vs RIC 76 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 9
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
SYD 122vs CAR 62 Report Stats
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW 93vs GCF 40 Report Stats
MEL 54vs PTA 115 Report Stats
WBU 113vs GWS 68 Report Stats
RIC 72vs ESS 59 Report Stats
ADE 57vs FRE 68 Report Stats
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 86vs STK 108 Report Stats
COL 112vs NTH 95 Report Stats
WCE 120vs GEE 64 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 10
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE 70vs RIC 97 Report Stats
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 90vs ADE 99 Report Stats
GCF 41vs SYD 93 Report Stats
ESS 53vs GEE 122 Report Stats
PTA 100vs WBU 62 Report Stats
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
GWS 97vs BRI 67 Report Stats
NTH 85vs WCE 75 Report Stats
STK 69vs HAW 132 Report Stats
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 85vs COL 110 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 11
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
PTA 69vs GEE 92 Report Stats
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
GCF 46vs FRE 53 Report Stats
WCE 96vs ESS 46 Report Stats
NTH 75vs SYD 91 Report Report Stats
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
COL 119vs GWS 77 Report Stats
STK 85vs MEL 83 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 12
Thu, 18 JunTimes shown AEST
ADE 85vs HAW 114 Report Stats
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
RIC 70vs WCE 90 Report Stats
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 110vs PTA 106 Report Stats
GWS 61vs NTH 117 Report Stats
WBU 146vs BRI 74 Report Stats
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
GEE 89vs MEL 113 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 13
Thu, 25 JunTimes shown AEST
FRE 80vs COL 73 Report Stats
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 77vs RIC 95 Report Stats
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
HAW 114vs ESS 76 Report Stats
BRI 69vs ADE 82 Report Stats
STK 56vs WBU 62 Report Stats
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR 103vs GCF 69 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 14
Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 94vs PTA 84 Report Stats
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
COL 91vs HAW 101 Report Stats
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 78vs GWS 69 Report Stats
GCF 125vs NTH 70 Report Stats
WBU 64vs CAR 53 Report Stats
MEL 60vs WCE 114 Report Stats
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS 52vs STK 162 Stats
ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
FRE 84vs BRI 48 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 15
Thu, 09 JulTimes shown AEST
PTA 66vs COL 63 Report Stats
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC 71vs CAR 41 Report Stats
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS 69vs MEL 60 Report Stats
WBU 95vs GCF 73 Report Stats
NTH 120vs GEE 79 Report Stats
WCE 147vs ADE 91 Report Stats
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS 84vs STK 49 Report Stats
HAW 115vs FRE 43 Report Stats
BRI 49vs SYD 70 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 16
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
NTH 93vs ESS 68 Report Stats
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
GEE 72vs WBU 64 Report Stats
GCF 79vs GWS 94 Report Stats
COL 56vs WCE 87 Report Stats
SYD 57vs HAW 146 Report Stats
FRE 95vs CAR 53 Report Stats
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
MEL 60vs BRI 36 Report Stats
PTA 113vs ADE 116 Report Stats
STK 73vs RIC 89 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 17
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
CAR 35vs HAW 173 Report Stats
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
GWS 42vs GEE 69 Stats
ADE 125vs GCF 80 Stats
RIC 78vs FRE 82 Stats
ESS 116vs PTA 129 Stats
BRI 38vs NTH 110 Report Stats
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
WBU 104vs COL 86 Report Stats
MEL 46vs STK 83 Report Stats
WCE 103vs SYD 51 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 18
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
HAW 53vs RIC 71 Report Stats
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE 113vs BRI 57 Stats
COL 54vs MEL 91 Report Stats
SYD 117vs ADE 65 Report Stats
CAR 54vs NTH 118 Report Stats
GCF 83vs WCE 83 Report Stats
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
PTA 112vs STK 49 Report Stats
ESS 40vs WBU 127 Report Stats
FRE 84vs GWS 63 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 19
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE 88vs RIC 52 Report Stats
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 105vs CAR 87 Report Stats
WBU 128vs PTA 64 Report Stats
BRI 100vs GCF 114 Report Stats
GEE 95vs SYD 63 Report Stats
WCE 74vs HAW 88 Report Stats
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 92vs NTH 127 Report Stats
GWS 93vs ESS 61 Report Stats
STK 59vs FRE 96 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 20
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
SYD 87vs COL 76 Report Stats
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS 59vs ADE 171 Report Stats
NTH 120vs STK 83 Report Stats
PTA 111vs GWS 90 Report Stats
GEE 85vs HAW 121 Report Stats
BRI 131vs CAR 67 Report Stats
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
RIC 138vs GCF 55 Report Stats
WBU 153vs MEL 55 Report Stats
FRE 80vs WCE 104 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 21
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
HAW 86vs PTA 108 Report Stats
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
COL 56vs RIC 147 Report Stats
GWS 44vs SYD 133 Report Stats
GCF 97vs ESS 95 Report Stats
STK 97vs GEE 97 Report Stats
ADE 131vs BRI 44 Report Stats
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH 94vs FRE 83 Report Stats
CAR 78vs MEL 55 Report Stats
WCE 162vs WBU 85 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 22
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE 62vs COL 110 Report Stats
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS 132vs CAR 51 Report Stats
HAW 134vs BRI 62 Report Stats
NTH 73vs WBU 96 Report Stats
ESS 47vs RIC 74 Report Stats
GCF 51vs PTA 88 Report Stats
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE 126vs WCE 69 Report Stats
STK 38vs SYD 135 Report Stats
FRE 108vs MEL 54 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 23
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
RIC 108vs NTH 67 Report Stats
Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
GEE 119vs ADE 80 Report Stats
BRI 130vs WBU 122 Report Stats
PTA 122vs FRE 53 Report Stats
HAW 113vs CAR 56 Report Stats
SYD 127vs GCF 64 Report Stats
WCE 125vs STK 30 Report Stats
Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
MEL 103vs GWS 77 Report Stats
COL 92vs ESS 95 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 24
Fri, 11 SepTimes shown AEST
WCE 96vs HAW 64 Report Stats
Sat, 12 SepTimes shown AEST
FRE 69vs SYD 60 Report Stats
WBU 102vs ADE 109 Report Stats
Sun, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
RIC 88vs NTH 105 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 25
Fri, 18 SepTimes shown AEST
HAW 135vs ADE 61 Report Stats
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 51vs NTH 77 Report Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 26
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
FRE 67vs HAW 94 Report Stats
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
WCE 80vs NTH 55 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 27
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
HAW 107vs WCE 61 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
AFL 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D % Pts
Fremantle 22 17 5 0 118.73 68
West Coast Eagles 22 16 5 1 148.22 66
Hawthorn 22 16 6 0 158.40 64
Sydney Swans 22 16 6 0 127.12 64
Richmond 22 15 7 0 123.09 60
Western Bulldogs 22 14 8 0 115.12 56
Adelaide Crows 21 13 8 0 115.71 54
North Melbourne 22 13 9 0 106.45 52
View all

Follow Us on Facebook

Featured advertisers