Tigers would be 'mad' not to chase Suns star

Jason Phelan

Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin believes the Tigers' apple cart would cope just fine with the addition of prized free agent Tom Lynch.

The Gold Coast co-captain's signature is being hotly sought as he ponders a go-home move to Victoria or whether to stick with the club he helped build.

Richmond are believed to be among the frontrunners to secure the talented 25-year-old key forward.

But premiership Tiger Alex Rance cautioned his club against going after a big name for fear the exorbitant money required would "upset the apple cart" at Punt Road.

However, the man who played a key role in creating the club's winning team-first culture has encouraged Richmond's pursuit of Lynch.

"I haven't taken him out for a coffee, but from all reports he's an amazing person and you'd be mad not to be having a look at him," Cotchin told Channel Seven's Game Day.

"He's an amazing talent and you're always looking to further progress your list.

"If he wants to come for the right reasons and it fits within our structures, of course you'd explore the opportunity."

Bachar Houli, Jacob Townsend, Jayden Short, Shai Bolton, Nathan Broad and Shaun Grigg are among the players on a long list who remain unsigned for next year as the Tigers build a free agency war chest.

Former Suns coach Rodney Eade, who coached Lynch for three years, believes he won't want to break the bank wherever he chooses to play his football.

"Tom is the sort of person you would want to recruit - great character, very competitive, very team-orientated," Eade said.

"I wouldn't have thought that money is going to be a big issue either way.

"I think his decision will be made about success.

"I would think Richmond would be looking at him because Jack (Riewoldt) is their only tall forward and he's nearly 30.

"Having a guy who is 6-foot-5 and can run like Tom and be a target ... I think he'd fit in there really well."