Gold Coast Chairman Tony Cochrane has slammed the constant speculation surrounding the future of Suns forward Tom Lynch.
Lynch’s impending decision has been the subject of numerous media conversations, something Cochrane believes hasn’t helped the fledging club.
“It’s not helped much by the continual, relentless pressure the Melbourne media in particular has put on Tom Lynch to return to Melbourne,” he told SEN’s Whateley.
“I don’t see that relentless pressure on a Patrick Cripps or somebody at Carlton. I don’t read, just give up on your club and get back to another team.
“All of that sort of pressure on a young club is just breaking. I’m not just referring to Tom, if affects everybody in the club.
“Tom is a really decent, fair minded, fantastic guy. A great young gentleman, a tremendous asset and the pride of both his parents.
“The pressure he has been put under, and the microscope he has been put under, is ridiculous.
“He is our captain, everybody could have let him have a decent run at trying to just play his year out at the Suns as captain and give him the good grace and good time to make up his mind about what he wants to do, not only for his future, but the future of the club he loves.
“He is hugely invested in the Gold Coast. This guy has lived here since he was 17-18 years of age.
“He is part of the fabric of our club and we just can’t be continually attacked like this. It’s not on.”
Cochrane also explained how the club plans to keep Lynch.
“We’re doing as best we can, we’re doing all we can to keep the home fires burning and give Tom a clear pathway to what we want to achieve,” he said.
“We’ll do everything we humanly can to give him a pathway to be a part of that.”
Listen to Tony Cochrane’s chat with Gerard Whateley on SEN’s Whateley in the player below: