K rock Football

Lynch a Thomson admirer

New Thomson coach Paul Lynch. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Vicki King)

PAUL Lynch says his respect for Thomson as a club was among his reasons for taking on the vacant coaching job at Godfrey Street.

The experienced mentor was revealed as the replacement for Sam Jacka and Jarrod Westwood on Monday night.

“I’ve always admired Thomson from afar,” Lynch, who has signed an initial one-year deal, said. “They’ve always been pretty successful, and they look like they enjoy themselves socially as well.

“It’s probably very similar to Birregurra. I’ve noticed that when players go to Thomson, they never leave, and I always think that’s a good sign of a good club.

“They’ve had a lot of good players go  to Thomson and are still hanging around the club now.”

After four consecutive finals appearances between 2016-19, including claiming the 2018 premiership, Thomson dropped to seventh with a 6-6 win-loss record.

Lynch says he has identified what’s required if the Tigers are to challenge for the 2022 flag.

“As an outsider looking in, they probably lack a little bit of leg speed, so that’s one thing we’ll look to adjust,” he said.

“And we’ll be looking to add a key forward or something like that.

“I haven’t sat down with the senior players of the club yet to work out what they think we need because they usually have the best knowledge.”

Lynch says he will be using his extensive list of contacts from his previous coaching stints to look to add to Thomson’s list.

“I’ll look at all those in the 27-32 age bracket that are still playing senior footy that I’ve coached,” he said.

“I’ll touch base with them because a lot of them look to wind down their footy at that age, especially at GFL level.

“The commitment to play GFL footy now is massive. You’re either all-in, or you’re looking to move on.

“I’ll definitely get in touch with a lot of those blokes I’ve coached in the past.”

Twitter: @tom_king79