GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26: Tom Lynch of the Suns looks on during the round one AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Essendon Bombers at Metricon Stadium on March 26, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Gold Coast forward Tom Lynch has confirmed he has nominated Richmond as his preferred destination for the 2019 season.

The Suns released the following statement on their website.

The Gold Coast SUNS wish to confirm that Tom Lynch has informed the club of his desire to join the Richmond Football Club as a Restricted Free Agent.

Once the AFL Free Agency Period has commenced Richmond will lodge Lynch’s contract with the AFL. The SUNS will then be provided details of the contract and will have three days to determine if it intends to match the offer to Lynch or release him to the Tigers.

Should the club choose to match Richmond’s offer, Lynch has the option to either fulfil the contract with the SUNS, or alternatively enter the draft.

The club is not in a position to make further comment until the club is provided the details of Richmond’s contract offer to Lynch.

Lynch played 131 matches for the Suns over eight seasons, booting 254 goals.