BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 11: Tom Lynch of the Suns leads his team out onto the field of play during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Lions at Fankhauser Reserve on March 11, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Gold Coast star Tom Lynch will head down south for a change of scenery during the Suns’ mid-season break as he continues to contemplate his AFL future.

The currently injured forward is in the midst of rehabilitating a sore knee and did not travel with the team to China in their match abroad against Port Adelaide last round, but instead will opt to rest and be among friends and family in Victoria.

Despite interest from Hawthorn, Richmond and Collingwood, the 25-year-old is not expected to meet with the teams to talk contract negotiations during his time off.

Lynch will look to return to action for the Suns in their clash against Geelong at Metricon Stadium in Round 11 and see if he can bring more energy to his club as the season continues.

The Suns have been cautious with Lynch’s contract negotiations and haven’t looked to push for a quick decision from their co-captain, says Suns chairman Tony Cochrane.

“When you’re dealing with someone who is as important to the club as Tom is, and we’ve got a lot of them, you don’t hand out deadlines,” Cochrane told Macquarie Sports Radio earlier this month.

“What we’re trying to do is set up the right atmosphere and the right conditions by which Tom feels really compelled.”

“There’s no deadlines involved here, we’ll do whatever we have to do to retain Tom and fight very hard to retain him.”

“I don’t think that’s the way to win friends and influence people.”