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Tom Lynch

Last played for Adelaide Crows in 2021
Games: 164     Born: September 15, 1990     Origin: Sandringham Dragons
Playing Height: 193cm     Playing Weight: 88kg     Position: Forward
First Drafted: Round 1, Pick #13 2008 National Draft by St Kilda Saints
Last Drafted: 2022 SSP Recruit
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Tom Lynch Biography

Tuesday, 8 March 2022
Tom Lynch is added to the Kangaroos' rookie list under pre-season Supplemental Selection Period (SSP) rules.

Lynch arrived at the Kangaroos last November as a development coach, but had always been expected to be signed to the club's rookie list in order for his wage to be consumed as a player and not under the football department's soft cap.

Thursday, 30 September 2021
Tom Lynch says he will join North Melbourne in 2022 as a coach, with the possibility of also being listed as a Kangaroos player.

"The main reason to move over is around coaching. Playing can be an element we can explore," Lynch said.

"I think it will be more centred around playing in some VFL football. They've clearly stated to me it's around coaching and playing at that level."

Sunday, 26 September 2021
North Melbourne is exploring adding delisted Adelaide forward Tom Lynch to its playing list as part of a development coaching role for 2022.
Tuesday, 10 August 2021
Tom Lynch is told that he will not be offered a contract for 2022 and beyond by the Crows.
Friday, 25 June 2021
Adelaide coach Matthew nicks says new contracts for injured Adelaide trio Matt Crouch, Daniel Talia and Tom Lynch depend on their recovery.

"We want to see and make sure that Daniel first and foremost knows that he's still able to play at the level. We have got Lynchy in a similar position, we have got Matty Crouch in a similar position," Nicks said.

"Some of those (talks) still sit around getting those guys back and playing footy, so that is where the challenge comes in, that is where these things may go on a little longer.

Friday, 7 May 2021
Tom Lynch undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his left big toe and is expected to be sidelined for more than two months.
Monday, 26 April 2021
Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks defends the manner in which Tom Lynch was used as medical substitute in the Crows' three-point loss to Hawthorn.

Defender Will Hamill was assisted from the field by trainers late in the third quarter with an ankle injury but Lynch wasn't immediately ready to go. Lynch instead headed down to Adelaide's rooms, requiring treatment on an ongoing toe issue before entering the game in the fourth quarter.

"The intention that we went into the game with and the plan was executed exactly as we'd planned it. At this point, without looking into it in too much more detail, would we go the same way this week and have our medical sub not rush, compose themselves, get ready, make sure that they're ready to go? Yeah, we'd go the same way. We'd give that player 15-odd minutes," Nicks said.

Friday, 26 February 2021
Adelaide announces an unchanged leadership group for 2021 with Rory Sloane remaining as skipper for 2021.

Sloane will be supported again by Tom Doedee, Tom Lynch, Brodie Smith and Matt Crouch.

"Rory typifies what we are about - selflessness, team-first, he is ruthlessly competitive and all about performing at the highest level and making others around him better," Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks said.

"The fact that there have been no changes to the leadership group for 2021 reinforces our belief that the five players did an outstanding job in what was a very challenging year in 2020."

Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Rory Sloane will be Adelaide's sole captain in 2020, after sharing co-captain duties in 2019 with Taylor Walker who has stepped down as a leader in 2020.

Sloane will be supported by Matt Crouch, Tom Lynch as well as new faces in Brodie Smith and Tom Doedee.

"Rory typifies the qualities and attributes that every club wants in its leaders and he was a standout choice as captain, and I am confident we have the right mix of players assisting him," Crows coach Matthew Nicks said.

"They have a positive influence on others and genuinely care for their teammates, as well as coaches and staff across the organisation, and set elite standards in the way they prepare and carry themselves both on and off the field."

Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Tom Lynch will miss another week with his calf complaint and no date has been set for his return.

"He had the calf strain, which settled really quickly, then they started re-loading that up and the tendon's caused some more issues," Adelaide coach Don Pyke explained.

"As much he's been able to train, he's still not comfortable at 100 per cent."

Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Adelaide names an extended seven-man leadership group to support new co-captains Taylor Walker and Rory Sloane in season 2019.

Josh Jenkins, Richard Douglas and Daniel Talia have been elevated into the leadership group, which also consists of last year's crop of Walker, Sloane, Tom Lynch and Matt Crouch.

"These guys were recognised by their peers because of the way they drive standards and live our values and behaviours, while training, playing and engaging in other activities around the club," Adelaide coach Don Pyke said.

"Importantly, they are quality young men away from football and they bring a diverse range of skills and qualities which will help drive our group forward."

Sunday, 24 June 2018
Tom Lynch signs a new three-year deal with the Crows to remain at the club until the end of 2021.

Negotiations stalled earlier in the season when Lynch's camp felt the initial offer from the Crows was underwhelming as compared to his reported worth on the open market with Carlton, North Melbourne, Collingwood and his former club St Kilda among the clubs who enquired about his services.

Lynch also recently spent time in Melbourne looking at houses after the Crows' round nine win over Western Bulldogs, which fuelled speculation he would entertain a return home.

However, Lynch's fiancée Courtney recently gave birth to their third child and the family remains settled in Adelaide.

Monday, 4 June 2018
Matt Crouch is set to become Adelaide's fourth captain this season as a spate of injuries strikes the club's leadership group.

Stand-in skipper Tom Lynch is expected to miss at least Sunday's away trip to Fremantle because of a side strain, his exact prognosis to be released on Tuesday.

With captain Taylor Walker (back/glute), vice-captain Rory Sloane (foot) and now Lynch sidelined, Crouch is the only member of the club's leadership group still fit.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Taylor Walker will again captain Adelaide this season, but the Crows have added a new face to their leadership group.

The Crows have cut back the group of leaders from six players to four for 2018, with Walker remaining skipper for a fourth season and Rory Sloane his vice-captain.

Forward Tom Lynch has also retained his place in the leadership group, with All Australian midfielder Matt Crouch included for the first time.

Having been in last year's group, superstar Eddie Betts and Daniel Talia are no longer members, while Scott Thompson has retired.

Friday, 8 December 2017
Tom Lynch returns to full training with the Crows after he was struck down by glandular fever during the off-season break.

It's a major step forward for the unlucky 27-year-old, who has been eased back into the pre-season after being unable to complete his holiday training program.

Thursday, 29 June 2017
Tom Lynch is expected to return to the Crows next week after being diagnosed with viral meningitis.

The 26-year-old has spent time in hospital, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Friday, 12 May 2017
Tom Lynch is cleared to play for the Crows this week against the Demons after suffering concussion against North Melbourne last week.

"He passed the concussion test last night and he trained this morning and felt fine, so he's ready to go," Crows coach Don Pyke said.

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has blasted the Match Review Panel's decision to suspend Jarrad Waite, saying the decision to suspend the 32-year-old was clearly based on the fact Adelaide's Tom Lynch was concussed in the incident.

"We're not happy with it, but the system is that if we had challenged it, he would have got two," Scott said.

Scott said two North Melbourne players received free kicks for dangerous tackles in the Hobart game, but both Adelaide players who laid the tackles are able to play this week, whereas Waite was suspended.

"The only difference is that our players braced their fall with their arm free as Tom Lynch had his arm free, and one player got concussed and the other didn't. So it is clearly an outcome-based MRP at the moment," Scott said.

Scott was passionate in defending Waite's actions during his three seasons at North Melbourne describing him as a model citizen.

"He's been outstanding for us on field and off field. I don't have to talk to him at all about discipline because this is not a disciplinary issue," Scott said.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Jarrad Waite accepts a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle on Adelaide's Tom Lynch.

Waite's tackle left Lynch with concussion and unable to play out the remainder of the match.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Tom Lynch is embracing his elevation to the club's leadership group, having taken his game to a new level in the past two years.

"It's my sixth year here at the footy club, it's been an indifferent journey, but one I've thoroughly enjoyed and wouldn't change," Lynch said.

"I've been able to improve my football on the field and looking to do so again this year.

"Not much will change for me in this space, I'm hungry to keep improving and be the best player I can be for this football club."

Monday, 13 February 2017
Adelaide announces its 2017 leadership group on Monday, with Taylor Walker to continue as Crows captain for a third-straight season, supported by Eddie Betts, Tom Lynch, Rory Sloane, Scott Thompson and Daniel Talia.

Betts and Lynch have been voted into Adelaide's leadership group for the first time, while Rory Sloane has been elevated to vice-captain.

"Taylor has done an exceptional job as captain during my time at the club and has fittingly been returned to the role," Adelaide coach Don Pyke said.

"Rory is a great leader on and off the field for our players and he has deservedly been selected vice-captain. Daniel and Scott were both influential with their leadership last year and will continue to play an important role in 2017.

"Excitingly, Tom and Eddie have been recognised for their commitment to our team values and have been added to the group and both will be key contributors this season."

Thursday, 22 September 2016
Tom Lynch is set to undergo post-season surgery.

"Tom is going in for a little knee clean-up. He'll be (training) off-legs for a little while, and we imagine that will be a four-to-six week recovery period. He'll have a relatively normal pre-season,” Crows' high performance manager Brett Burton said.

Monday, 1 August 2016
Jack Watts says watching players like Hawk Jack Gunston and Crow Tom Lynch has helped him learn his craft as a forward.

"He's a terrific player. I played a lot of junior footy with 'Gunner', and his career has been a pretty successful one, hasn't it?" Watts said.

"I do watch a lot of vision of him and Tommy Lynch from Adelaide – those connecting forwards.

"I watch those guys a lot. You learn a lot from them and then you put your own little twist on things."

Saturday, 9 April 2016
Adelaide forward Tom Lynch will miss the Crows' clash against Richmond after flying home to attend the birth of his second child.

Lynch travelled to Melbourne, but Adelaide announced just before naming its final team that he had returned to Adelaide to be with his partner.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016
After being played predominantly as a forward in 2015, Tom Lynch says his run could be required at times from the wing in 2016.

"With the fewer rotations, you've got to be able to play multiple positions on the ground," Lynch said.

"Hopefully I can add that string to my game and play in a few more positions around the ground.

"Obviously the forward line is where my strength is so I've got to make that my own."

Tuesday, 1 September 2015
Adelaide secures Tom Lynch until the end of 2018 after the in-form forward signed a three-year deal with the club.

It's understood contract talks with the 24-year-old were drawn out over the length of the deal, with the Crows keen for Lynch to accept a two-year extension.

But in the face of significant interstate interest the club added a season to get pen to paper.

In the best form of his career, Lynch leads the AFL for goal assists while kicking 27 himself.

He said it was always his hope to remain at West Lakes.

"I’ve got a young family – a little two-year-old boy Koby, who is everything to us. My partner Courtney and I have been weighing up that decision, but I’m happy to stay at the club – the intention was always to stay here," Lynch said.

"I’m just rapt that we could get it done because we love it here in Adelaide."

Sunday, 1 March 2015
Tom Lynch is cleared of serious injury after appearing to hurt his neck in the early stages of the Crows' NAB Challenge contest against North Melbourne at Centenary Oval.

The Adelaide forward was carried from the field after ducking into a tackle laid by North's Jack Ziebell, his head making contact with Ziebell's hip.

The 24-year-old immediately went to ground but was helped to his feet by trainers. He then collapsed again before making it to the boundary line.

Crows' medical staff then called for the stretcher and he was subbed out of the contest.

However, an Adelaide spokesperson confirmed that Lynch suffered concussion but had escaped serious injury and would not require hospitalisation.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015
After fully recovering from a neck fracture, Tom Lynch says he raring to get on the field again, starting with the Crows NAB Challenge clash against North Melbourne.

"I'm 100 per cent fine. Last year was a little bit unfortunate and very disappointing in how it ended but as I said, I'm pumped that I got a full pre-season," Lynch said.

"I've moved on now and I'm lucky that the recovery was quick and it wasn't too serious in the end.

"I'm looking forward to getting out there this weekend and launching into the year."

Saturday, 16 August 2014
Tom Lynch has a small neck fracture, detected four days after he was injured against the Brisbane Lions last Sunday.

The fracture was detected by an MRI scan on Thursday after Lynch had complained of soreness and pain in his arm.

A specialist on Friday night decided Lynch should wear a neck brace, as a precaution, for an unspecified time.

"The club wishes to re-iterate the brace is only a precaution to ensure no further damage. Lynch is expected to make a full recovery," a statement from the Crows said.

Monday, 11 August 2014
Tom Lynch found himself in a compromising situation when he dropped his head into the oncoming pressure of Brisbane Lions defender Justin Clarke in Sunday's game at the Gabba.

Luckily Lynch was cleared of any serious damage to his neck, after being stretchered from the field in discomfort and in a neck brace.

AFL football operations manager Mark Evans said the Lynch case further highlights the importance of cracking down on the tactic.

"There is one difficulty for an umpire; and that is if a person ducks or drives forward and the person tackling comes rushing in, then the tendency is still to pay the free kick to the person who gets high contact," Evans said.

"It's difficult to adjudicate but we're trying to discourage that."

Thursday, 8 May 2014
Adelaide legend Mark Ricciuto says players should strike in protest of Jack Viney's two-game suspension for his bump on Tom Lynch.

"This ruling on Jack Viney needs to be overturned … and the actual rule itself needs to be re-written so that they're not getting suspended and I reckon they've got until the end of the week to do it," Ricciuto said.

"Our game is a contact sport, accidents happen, we don't want elbows, we don't want king hits, we don't want general thuggery – what we want is fair players attacking the ball as hard as they can … we don't want blokes having to pull out of contests for fear of getting suspended.

"It's a disgrace and it needs to change."

Tom Lynch is out of hospital and at home nursing a jaw broken in two places.

The 23-year-old had a plate inserted into his jaw on Monday after the infamous bump from Melbourne's Jack Viney.

Melbourne is vindicated for challenging Jack Viney's two-game suspension after the young midfielder was cleared of his rough conduct charge, which resulted in a broken jaw to Tom Lynch, by the Appeals Board.

"The support's just been so overwhelming," Viney said.

"Not only for myself but for the game in general, it's been a good result.

"People putting themselves in contested situations, it's not what you want to see going out of the game.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014
Melbourne are likely to challenge Jack Viney's two-week suspension for his bump on Adelaide's Tom Lynch.

"Obviously I'm disappointed with the decision and disappointed I won't be able to run out with the guys on Saturday night," Viney said about the Tribunal's verdict.

"The club's looking at appealing it, so there's actually not much I can say right now."

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou admits bump rule may have gone too far after Melbourne's Jack Viney was suspended for two matches for a bump on Adelaide's Tom Lynch.

"He's very unlucky, there's no doubt about that," Demetriou said.

"It's a legitimate issue to say he didn't have much choice but given it's going before an appeal we'll wait and see the outcome of that."

Following the controversy surrounding Jack Viney's two-game suspension for his bump on Tom Lynch, leading sports lawyer Paul Horvath says the AFL would be at risk of a class action if its rules didn't protect players from head injuries.

"I think that the AFL has a legal obligation to make these sorts of rule changes for a few reasons," Horvath said.

"In the NFL the concussion injury class action has sought a settlement of $765 million and if they're throwing around those sorts of figures it means the potential is there for that in Australian sport too."

Melbourne coach Paul Roos says he is flabbergasted by Jack Viney's two-game ban for his bump on Crow Tom Lynch.

"He tends to go through a contest with his head, and we've actually been coaching him … to turn his body and brace for contact when he's actually going for the ball," Roos said about Viney's playing style.

"I guess from purely a coaching point of view, I'm at a bit of a loss. Because it's something that (midfield coach) Benny Matthews has been working really hard with him.

"It is confusing, it is hard to know what to say to a Jack Viney because what we're trying to do is protect Jack as well."

Tuesday, 6 May 2014
Jack Viney will be sidelined for two matches after the Tribunal found him guilty of rough conduct in what was described as a landmark hearing..

In a controversial case that saw Adelaide forward Tom Lynch suffer a broken jaw, Viney was found to have bumped in a three-way collision when he had other options.

"I felt like I had a reasonable opportunity to win the football (and) there was a point in time where the ball could have bounced my way," Viney told thee Tribunal.

"Not at any stage was I trying to bump - I was purely trying to brace myself for impact.

"It happened in a very short space of time. There was about half a second where the ball could have bounced either way."

Sunday, 4 May 2014
Tom Lynch is expected to miss six weeks with a broken jaw after a clash of heads against Demons Jack Viney and Alex Georgiou.

"I'm really shattered for Tommy Lynch, he can't take a trick," Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said.

"Injured in the pre-season, came back and dislocated his shoulder, [three] games back and breaks his jaw."

Thursday, 13 March 2014
Tom Lynch and Andy Otten have avoided surgery on shoulder and knee injuries respectively but will both miss a month of football.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Andy Otten and Tom Lynch will miss Adelaide's season opener against Geelong after sustaining injuries during the club's practice match against GWS.
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Tom Lynch will be unavailable for the Crows' season opener against Geelong after dislocating his shoulder in a practice match against GWS.
Monday, 13 May 2013
Tom Lynch kicks 10.2 against GWS, joining Scott Hodges and Tony Modra as the only Crows to reach double figures in a game.

Lynch, who has struggled to get a game for most of his career at both St Kilda and Adelaide, booted six goals in the third quarter alone.

"I have always thought I was good enough to play at this level, but since coming to Adelaide the coaches have instilled a lot more confidence in me, a lot more trust in me through my hard work," Lynch said.

"It is sort of starting to pay off now, with me getting four games in a row. Hopefully I can keep contributing."

Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Brent Reilly is set to become a one-club player after re-signing with the Crows for two years. Fellow Crows Tom Lynch and Cameron Ellis-Yolmen have also inked new deals.
Monday, 20 February 2012
Former Saint Tom Lynch hopes his versatility will cement him a spot in Adelaide's best 22.

"I've had a bit of a go over the pre-season of playing a bit up forward and playing a bit down back," Lynch said.

"I've spoken to the coaches and they've been pretty clear that I've got to be pretty flexible in being able to play both forward and back.

"I've got to be ready for whatever happens in a game, so I've got to keep training to play in defence."

Friday, 18 November 2011
A meeting with new Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson convinced former Saint Tom Lynch that he wanted to be at the Crows.

"I felt like I needed a fresh start so I spoke to my manager and had a meeting with Sando. After I had a meeting with him I knew this was where I wanted to be, I wanted to come to Adelaide," Lynch said.

"He said he wanted me to play forward and back, he wasn't too sure, maybe at either end as a bit of a swingman."

Friday, 14 October 2011
A three-way trade has been completed that has seen Tom Lynch sent to Adelaide, Ivan Maric to Richmond and St Kilda get a pick.

"I'm grateful [to St Kilda for agreeing to trade Lynch] because I think he just mentally needs a fresh start," Lynch's manager Paul Connors said about his client.

"[Crows coach] Brenton Sanderson has spoken to him, and that's been a breath of fresh air."

Friday, 30 July 2010
Tom Lynch makes his AFL debut for St Kilda at Docklands Stadium with 5 disposals (3 kicks and 2 handballs) and 3 marks in a 33-point loss to Essendon.
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