GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND - JUNE 02: Tom Lynch of the suns celebrates a goal during the round 11 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Geelong Cats at Metricon Stadium on June 2, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Gold Coast co-captain Tom Lynch is “leaning towards Richmond” according to Herald Sun journalist Sam Edmund.

Speaking on SEN Breakfast, Edmund gave listeners an update on Lynch’s contract situation, and stated that while Collingwood and Hawthorn were in the running, it looks as though Lynch in closing in on making a decision.

“He hasn’t decided yet is the official word but quote on quote: leaning towards Richmond,” Edmund told SEN Breakfast.

“Richmond, as we know, have done a lot of movement in that space; the front ending contracts of their biggest paid players.

“What I can tell you with absolute certainty is that we won’t hear an official word or the words come out of Tom Lynch’s mouth that he has decided Richmond until Richmond are eliminated from the finals race or win the Grand Final.

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“That is the official word.”

Richmond have recently re-signed stars Jack Riewoldt, Alex Rance and Trent Cotchin on long-term extensions, while Dustin Martin is in the first year of his new seven-year deal.

With Lynch’s 2018 campaign over as he recovers from knee surgery, the star forward has finished his Gold Coast career with 254 goals to his name from 131 matches.

Lynch has eight bags of five goals or more, with his career high eight goals coming against the Blues back in Round 2 earlier this year.