SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Jake Lloyd of the Swans handballs during the round one AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Port Adelaide Power at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 25, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Suns are trying to poach out-of-contract Swans defender Jake Lloyd to the Gold Coast, offering a deal $1 million higher than Sydney’s proposal.

Suns coach Stewart Dew has ties with Lloyd from his days at the Swans as an assistant coach, and is big on the 24-year old.

Asked after his side’s 39-point loss to Collingwood on Saturday night if there was any truth to the Lloyd rumours, Dew said: “No, thats news to me. That’s why I look surprised. That’s a new one.

“It’s good though, it’s different to the Tom Lynch one,” he joked.

The Suns are set to have a major increase in cap space following the likely departure of Lynch at the end the season, which assists their multi-year bid for Lloyd.

Lloyd has reportedly already knocked back two offers from Sydney and told The Daily Telegraph in May that he was in no rush to sign a contract.

“I’m in no rush (to get a new deal done) — I’m focusing on my footy,” Lloyd told The Daily Telegraph.

“If I keep playing good footy, it will sort itself out. My manager, Alex McDonald, has had a chat to the club and we will take things as they go.”

LLoyd has played 106 games for the Swans and is coming off a dominant 33 disposal game off half back in his side’s 26-point loss to Richmond on Thursday night.

The silky defender is having a career-best year at the Swans, averaging a team-high 27.6 per game. He finished equal runner-up with superstar Buddy Franklin in the Sydney’s best and fairest last year.