NEW North Melbourne rookie Malcolm Lynch has high aims for 2012.
But after a blistering season for reigning premier Port Melbourne, those Kangaroo fans shouldn’t be surprised to see Lynch’s name being mentioned as a rookie upgrade early on in the season.
Lynch is thankful that he landed at stand alone Port under coach Gary Ayres.
“When I first met Gary Ayres I basically said ‘I’m just looking for an opportunity to get back to playing my best footy’,” Lynch said.
“He said, ‘there’s definitely an opportunity here’ and it all stemmed from there.
“Gary has been a big influence on me. He helped me add other strings to my bow, pushing me up the ground to high half-forward and even into the midfield at times,” he told afl.com.au
“But mostly he, along with Bernie Quinlan, was basically someone I could talk to, who could give me a bit of support. Their belief in me and what I could do was the best thing for me in 2011.
“Together with [AFL Foundation CEO] Jason Mifsud, they gave me that support network that I didn’t have previously,” he said.
Lynch was a vital cog in the midfield and appeared to add new strings to his bow under Ayres. He was seen more at the Western Bulldogs as a crafty and creative forward with future aims to make it in the midfield.
Now he has arrived and he has genuine pace and plenty of excitement about him.
Roo fans should be excited too because it adds to the cluster of indigenous talent at the club. Think Daniel Wells. Think Lindsay Thomas. Lynch is likely to be a regular too.