MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Tom Lynch of the Crows looks dejected after a loss during the 2019 AFL round 19 match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

After a fair bit of speculation, 30-year-old forward utility Tom Lynch has been told by Adelaide that he is surplus to requirements after ten seasons at West Lakes.

His ability to push up the ground is a valuable asset to his side, however his personal form has gone similar to the trajectory of his club, with his best season arguably being 2017 - when Adelaide almost went all the way.

Aside from this drop in form the fact still remains that Lynch has a few good years still left in him at the top level, and he would be hellbent on adding an elusive premiership medal to his locker.

His status as a free agent, coupled with the knowledge that he isn't wanted at Adelaide, will mean that any club wanting to make a move will have a relatively clear run at him.

Will he go back to his starting club with St Kilda? Or will he ply his trade somewhere else in his home state of Victoria?

Here is a list of five potential landing spots for Tom Lynch in trade period 2021.


1. Geelong

This one could materialise in all honesty, with the Cats having an apparent obsession with poaching stars who are in the twilight stages of their careers and ringing the last few good seasons out of them.

With ex-Roos star Shaun Higgins' future beyond 2021 unclear at the Cattery, there could be a nice gap for Lynch to slot into.

It remains to be seen what the Adelaide veteran has left in the tank, and if he's put into an elite level squad, his best still might be yet to come.

Throw in the injury troubles that continue to plague Gary Rohan, and there is a definite role to be had for Lynch within the squad.

Can he elevate Cats to a flag if they don't manage it in 2021? It's a huge ask, but there is no doubt that he would add more to Chris Scott's side rather than detract from it.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12: Tom Lynch of the Crows is tackled by Cameron Guthrie of the Cats during the 2018 AFL round 17 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats at Adelaide Oval on July 12, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media/Getty Images)