Last month I started my 2019 AFL preview, detailing the competitive prospects of six of the competition’s teams, from Adelaide to Fremantle.
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This year, free agency could finally reach crisis point.
Tom Lynch, the former captain of the Gold Coast Suns, looks likely to play for Richmond in 2019.
This move will see a free agent move from one of weakest teams in the league to one the strongest.
Suns President Tony Cochrane said the AFL is at risk of becoming like the English Premier League, meaning the same clubs will contest for the premiership each year, while others continually struggle.
Why is the AFL allowing this to happen? A move like Lynch to the Tigers makes the strong clubs stronger and the weaker clubs weaker.
The league is supposed to have the major goal of providing equality so every team has an equal chance of winning a premiership, then the game will lose supporters.
I’m a proud Suns member and will support them no matter, but this lack of action from AFL HQ leaves me frustrated and angry that the Gold Coast don’t have a fair chance of competing for that first premiership.
Recently, players the Suns drafted and developed have been poached by the stronger clubs in the footy heartland states of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
The Gold Coast need to get some reassurance that players that they draft will remain at the club.
This is why the Suns parted with pick two during last year’s trade period – they had assurances from Lachie Weller that he wanted to be on the Gold Coast.
If the club had used the pick, there is every chance that the selected player would get poached when they hit their prime.
Where is the fairness?