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Lynch back to boost Eagles forward line

By Justin Chadwick 13/11/2009 06:32:55 PM Comments (0)

West Coast big man Quinten Lynch will return to his customary forward role in 2010 as the Eagles look to bolster their firepower next AFL season.

Lynch has been the definition of 'Mr Versatile' throughout his 150-game career, playing as a key defender, forward, midfielder and even back-up ruckman during different stages.

But the 26-year-old, who booted 65 goals in West Coast's 2006 premiership-winning campaign and 52 the year after, said the time was right to return where he belongs - the goal square.

"In my mind it's about playing forward," Lynch said on Friday.

"I've spent two weeks (of the pre-season) there so far so hopefully I'll get another 30, 40 weeks under my belt down there.

"I look forward to going back forward and hopefully creating a good relationship with the other young blokes down there and kicking some good scores.

"I haven't played there for a couple of years but I'm looking forward to the challenge of going back there and kicking goals."

The Eagles averaged just 86 points per game to finish a lowly 11th last season but Lynch hoped his injection up forward, next to the likes of Josh Kennedy, Mark LeCras and Ash Hansen, would provide the firepower needed to break back into the top eight.

But after kicking a wayward 18.24 last season, Lynch admitted his goalkicking needed a mountain of work.

"Last season it was pretty green, it's the worst it's been, so it's something I'm going to put a lot of work into over the summer and hopefully I'll reap the benefits," he said.

Lynch proved to be a handy back-up in the ruck last season but the 194cm utility hoped he would no longer be needed in the role with Dean Cox close to full fitness and Nic Naitanui developing nicely.

"I really enjoyed the ruck, I played a lot there as a kid and in school and at West Perth," he said.

"But as everyone can see I'm a bit short to ruck in the middle.

"Around the ground I feel like I can hold my own but in the middle they jump all over me.

"It's such a competitive advantage to win the ruck in the middle these days so it's probably not the spot for me."

Lynch and his Eagles teammates joined forces to haul a 75-tonne mining dump truck a total of 10 metres on Friday all in the name of youth suicide prevention.

Players from the Western Force, basketball greats Luc Longley and Andrew Vlahov and members of the Navy and RAAF also tried their luck.

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