Scoring goals this season at twice the rate of his AFL career so far, Gold Coast forward Tom Lynch admits his early Coleman Medal lead gives him pride.
The Suns’ vice-captain’s five-goal haul in last weekend’s loss to Queensland rivals Brisbane took him to 18 goals in just four games, well above his career average of 1.69 per game.
Lynch is two majors ahead of Sydney’s Lance Franklin and North Melbourne’s Jarrad Waite in the goalkickers’ standings.
While the season is only four matches old, Lynch says it is nice to have his name at the top of the charts.
“Obviously, it’s a bit of personal pride that I’m sitting on top of the Coleman,” Lynch told AAP.
“It’s nice but, at the end of the day, it’s about team results.”
Lynch’s 46-goal haul in 2014 is the best by a player in a season for the Suns.
In 2015, Lynch managed 43 goals for the club, but is already almost halfway to matching those totals.
The 23-year-old hasn’t kicked less than four goals in a match this year, a consistency he says has to do with increased fitness and the emergence of teammates such as Jack Martin as genuine goal threats.
“We’re not relying on one player to go out there,” Lynch said.
“Obviously, consistency in my performance but it’s not all about kicking goals.
“Our forward line’s been working really well so far – we’re working well as a group.”
Lynch will again be crucial for the Suns this weekend when they host fellow sharpshooter Waite and the unbeaten Kangaroos.
Last weekend’s loss to the Lions brought the Suns back to earth after opening the season with three straight wins, but Lynch said it was important he and his teammates didn’t dwell on that Gabba defeat.
“We’ve just got to get back on to what we were doing in the first three games as opposed to last weekend,” he said.