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I'll take win over draft pick: Lynch

By Justin Chadwick 11/08/2008 05:52:03 PM Comments (0)

Whatever you do, don't mention the issue of AFL tanking around Quinten Lynch - the West Coast big man hates it.

Lynch on Monday scoffed at suggestions the Eagles would be best served by losing the last three games of the season in order to qualify for a priority draft pick, describing the notion as "ridiculous".

West Coast notched their fourth win of the season on Sunday with an upset 10-point triumph over Essendon, meaning a win or a draw against either Melbourne, Hawthorn or Geelong in the final three rounds would see the club miss out on a priority pick in November's national draft.

Only clubs that record four wins or fewer in a season are eligible for the priority pick, but Lynch said losing games for picks was the last thing on the team's mind.

"We are elite sportsmen and very competitive," Lynch said.

"You can't play table tennis in there without a $20 bet being put down, so worrying about where we are going to finish and how many games we finish doesn't even come into the thought process.

"We are out there to win footy games.

"The enjoyment you see on the boys' faces there this morning after winning the game ... how can you tell them to lose? It's a ridiculous thought."

Lynch has been West Coast's "Mr Fix-it" this season, plying his trade as a forward, back-up ruckman and now midfielder as coach John Worsfold experiments with his injury-crippled side.

The 25-year-old booted 65 goals in West Coast's 2006 premiership-winning season but it has been his performances as a big-bodied onballer in recent weeks that has brought the best out of the glove-flinging, 125-game veteran.

Against the Bombers, Lynch gathered 24 possessions, took eight marks and had an amazing 11 inside-50s, while he also put in a best-on-ground display against St Kilda two weeks earlier.

"It's been a different year for me," Lynch admitted.

"Being pulled out of full-forward - it's probably been a saviour in some ways.

"(I'm) really enjoying my role up the ground, it's probably something I played a lot when I was younger so it's not totally unfamiliar to me.

"You make your own destiny up the ground a bit. You can go hunt the footy instead of relying on it getting kicked to you so it's more enjoyable in that sense but it's still enjoyable kicking goals, as Bernie Mac (Ben McKinley) would have found out yesterday (with his seven-goal haul).

"I think it's just important to have plenty of strings to your bow and in the game today being versatile is very important. If you get tied down to one position your career can be cut short very quickly."

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