PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 7: Tom Lynch of the Suns kicks on goal during the 2018 AFL round 03 match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Former Sun Campbell Brown says Collingwood and Richmond are the two frontrunners to sign out-of-contract Gold Coast skipper Tom Lynch.

The Hawthorn premiership player predicts the Hawks have fallen behind the other two Victorian powerhouses to lure Lynch back to Melbourne.

“You can’t be enjoying your footy – they’ve kicked four goals in each of the last two weeks and they’re the first club in AFL history I believe to have not recorded a mark inside 50 on the weekend, Brown told SEN Breakfast.

“He’s one of the most competitive blokes you will ever meet. He’s now played AFL footy for eight years and he would be desperate for some success.

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“I always laugh when people are asked where is he (Tom Lynch) going to go, what’s Tom Lynch going to do?

“We’re only guessing, but my gut feel is that there’s two clubs in the race – I think Hawthorn will be ruled out.

“I’m thinking Collingwood or Richmond are the two clubs that Tom Lynch will probably end up at next year.”