Collingwood's public courting of Tom Lynch is just a fact of AFL life, Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew says.
The Suns boss says he's having discussions with Lynch about his future as Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley stakes his claims for the Gold Coast captain.
"That is the current environment we're in," Dew said on Wednesday.
"So we certainly knew that time would come and we understand he has got the decision to make.
"Clubs and players need to be well informed so we're not naive to think that these things don't go on."
Dew was unfazed at Buckley admitting he met with Lynch "a while back" as the sought-after free agent ponders his future.
"You hear about some and you don't hear about others," Dew said.
"Obviously this is high-profile. But the free agency situation in the AFL, which isn't going away, and that is a reality, we're accustomed to the fact that meetings will take place.
"Sometimes that is just with managers, sometimes with players, and depending on where players are at in their careers.
"That is the world we live in."
Dew said he was having "ongoing" chats about Lynch, who is considering a multi-million dollar long-term offer from the Magpies.
And he maintained the issue wasn't distracting the Suns, who stunned Sydney last weekend in the upset of the season.
"Obviously the weekend's result was really positive, what we have been trying to create and seen glimpses of, came together for a really good performance," Dew said.
"There's evidence that we're really capable ... that message was the one for Monday and then it's about backing it up.
"It's a really, really small step. But an important one for the footy club and it came at a the right time."
The Suns host lowly Carlton on Saturday night with Dew urging his players to finish their season off strongly.
"This week presents a great opportunity, on the back of last week, to keep that momentum," he said.
"Another home game for us, which we haven't had a lot this year, so we're really keen to give a competitive showing."