Tom Lynch Richmond trade, contract, Touk Miller interview, tense Gold Coast Suns leadership meeting

Gold Coast star Touk Miller says he has no regrets over confronting Tom Lynch when the goalkicker decided to leave the Suns, claiming the club is now, culturally, better for it.

Miller in 2018 was one of several Suns leaders that didn’t like the look and timing of Lynch’s decision to meet with other clubs while still being the club’s skipper — and they let him know their thoughts in a fiery player-only meeting with the key forward.

It was reported that some older Suns players were left disappointed by Miller’s strong language that questioned Lynch’s character.

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Lynch, who won two bests and fairests and earned an All-Australian blazer at the Suns, exercised his free agency rights and joined Richmond, where he played crucial roles in the 2019 and 2020 premiership sides. The tall forward now sits on top of the 2022 Coleman Medal table after eight rounds with 27 goals.

Speaking to Fox Footy’s Gerard Healy on the latest Face to Face episode, Miller said he still stood by his actions almost four years later.

“To paint the picture, it wasn’ta great time for the Gold Coast and we were suffering a bit of hardship,” Miller told Fox Footy’s Face to Facewhich will air at 8.30pm (AEST) on Tuesday night after AFL 360.

Touk Miller and Tom Lynch in 2015. Picture: Dave HuntSource: AAP

“Tommy’s gone on to do some other things and win premierships with Richmond – that does hurt a bit. But in saying that, I still stand by (my actions). He obviously didn’t want to be with the Gold Coast and I think for us, we needed players and we needed people that wanted to stick fat with the Gold Coast and see it out.

“I just felt like at the time that was the necessary thing to say and do – and I think we’re in a really good position now.

“Not to take anything away from Tommy – he did a lot of great things for our football club – it was just probably the timing of when all that happened made it a lot harder for the club. But we’re probably better for it in terms of what we’re doing now and I think it painted a bit of a picture for where we want to go.

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“He obviously was seeking success and we probably weren’t in the spot that we needed to be in where he was going to get that straight away … but for guys like myself, David Swallow, Jarrod Witts, Rory Thompson – blokes who have actually been there for quite some time now – (we) really want to see success for this club. (When that happens), I think it probably tastes a little bit sweeter.”

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