PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Tom Lynch of the Suns celebrates a goal during the round three AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Gold Coast CEO Mark Evans says out-of-contract Suns skipper Tom Lynch has not yet decided he will leave the club despite conflicting reports.

Then 25-year old has been heavily linked to a return to his home-state Victoria, with Richmond, Collingwood and Hawthorn considered the frontrunners to secure his services.

But Evans has not yet shut the door on the club retaining the star forward.

“The work that Tom Lynch does during the week with players and with coaches, I don’t see a sign that says his mind’s been made up that he’s going to go,” he told SEN’s Crunch Time.

“I just see a pretty committed captain.”

The Suns boss also defended the club’s decision to trade pick two for then Fremantle midfielder Lachie Weller during the final moments of the 2017 trade period.

“It wasn’t desperate, it was a decision that needed to be made by people who understand talent far better than I,” he said.

“I wouldn’t say it was irresponsible, you have to go through the strategy that was put forward at the time and how many young players we already had in the draft from two years ago and how many picks we’ll have this year so it was a three year look at it.

“Whether it was right or wrong, it feels like it was a little bit of overs, you can only judge in the long term.”