Adam Cooney has labelled the AFL’s free agency compensation system a “joke”.
If Tom Lynch leaves the Gold Coast, which the out-of-contract forward intends to do, it’s expected the Suns will receive pick three as compensation.
Cooney doesn’t understand this model, as it influences other bottom clubs, even though they had nothing to do with the decision.
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“The whole compensation issue is a joke because Tom Lynch, let’s say hypothetically, the Suns don’t match the offer from wherever he is going,” the 2008 Brownlow Medallist told SEN Afternoons.
“Tom Lynch moves as a free agent, the Gold Coast Suns get pick three as compensation, so St Kilda lose from that.
“St Kilda are a struggling club, they need to bring high end talent in to their footy club. They go down a peg.”
Listen to Adam Cooney’s chat with Andy Maher on SEN Afternoons in the player below
Gold Coast CEO Mark Evans commented on the current free agency structure in the wake of Lynch’s desire to depart the fledging club.
“I’m not against free agency,” he told The Match Committee.
“I’m not against the notion that a player could choose where he wants to go after a period of service.
“What we do need to keep an eye out for is if that free agency has changed attitudes to player movement.
“So now we have free agents and trades and all of that, where top end talent continues to go towards the top of the ladder.
“My club, our club, has a part to play in building the best possible environment it can here for the best change of success, so we can starve of some of that.
“We do need to make sure the system allows us to break that cycle.”
Listen to Mark Evans’ chat with Sam McClure and Terry Wallace on The Match Committee in the player below