Kane Cornes has delivered a strong statement regarding the situation surrounding Tom Lynch, stating that the former Suns skipper has performed well below expectations on field, while producing some of the most disappointing leadership by a captain off the field.
Cornes, on SEN Mornings, stated Lynch’s on-field performance in 2018 does not represent his status at the club as a captain on very good money.
“Tom Lynch’s performance as captain of an AFL club in 2018 has been one of the most disappointing examples of leadership by a captain in recent times,” Cornes said.
“His output on the ground has been underwhelming to say the least.
“Held goalless in three of his 10 games this year, and despite his eight-goal haul against last-placed Carlton in Round 2, he has kicked just 12 goals from the other nine games.
“He’s averaged just two tackles a game and just over one contested mark before a knee injury ended his season.
“Hardly stats worthy of a highly-paid captain, who should be playing life or death football for his struggling club."
Cornes was even more disappointed in Lynch’s ‘behaviour’ off the field, questioning his decision to accept the captaincy this season, while stating it was ‘unfathomable’ for Lynch to meet with Collingwood without the Suns knowing.
“The on-field performance tells only half the tale, most alarming has been his behaviour away from the footy field," Cornes said.
“It’s no secret that Lynch has been thinking about leaving the Suns for some time.
“Why did Lynch accept the captaincy, knowing his main focus this year was working out where his future lied?
“There’s little doubt that he’s let his teammates down that put their trust in him as the captain of their footy club.
“It’s also unfathomable that the skipper, whilst in Melbourne rehabbing his knee, was caught out for the second time that we know of, meeting with one of his suitors, Collingwood.
“The fact his current club, the one he’s captain of, knew nothing about.
“2018 has been a poor example of leadership from Lynch in every way.”
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