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Underdone, but 'scary' Lynch still getting it done

Round 4: Six for Tiger Tom Highlights of Tom Lynch's Round 4 match against Port Adelaide.

Richmond recruit Tom Lynch is living up to the hype surrounding his high-profile move to the Tigers, but teammate Kane Lambert says he's only scratching the surface of what he's capable of.

"It's scary that he's a little bit underdone, he's having a huge impact," Lambert told

"The sky's the limit for him.

"We're not expecting him to kick mountains of goals, that will be a by-product of playing his role, but it's a really exciting time for Tom and our footy club."

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Lynch was outstanding for the undermanned Tigers in their gutsy seven-point victory against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

The 26-year-old key forward booted six goals to take his tally after four games for his new club to 16.

He's second only to Greater Western Sydney's Jeremy Cameron with 17 goals in the race for the Coleman Medal.

Lynch is on track to eclipse his previous best of 66 goals in a season set in 2016 when he was playing with Gold Coast.

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The former Suns co-captain only played 10 games last year after having a posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction late last season.

He joined the Tigers on a seven-year deal until the end of 2025 and has already shown his worth despite having an injury-interrupted pre-season, which didn't allow him to play in the JLT Community Series.

"I don't know from a goal-kicking perspective, but what I do know is he's just starting to find his fitness," Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said.

"He's missed six months of footy, so he's played three or four games now.

"He's only going to get better.

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"Once he understands our system and what's required at certain times, he's going to continue to improve and more importantly, continue to improve us as a side."

Lynch stood up when it mattered against the Power, crashing packs, bringing teammates into the game and kicking a crucial late goal to seal victory.

"He just creates a contest," Hardwick said.

"He's a big boy and he's a strong boy, too … those players are worth their weight in gold.

"We spoke about when he came in, he's going to make players around him better and give them opportunities when the ball hits the ground.

"That clutch goal is the reason you bring a player like that to your club.

"We're very fortunate he chose us, and he's settled in really well."