The potent tall forward combination of Jack Riewoldt and Tom Lynch shapes as a huge weapon for Richmond when the 2020 restarts.
Throughout the Tigers’ 2019 premiership year, the pair played just 13 out of a possible 25 games together, due to Riewoldt’s lengthy absence with a knee injury. Lynch, on the other hand, was one of just two Richmond players who played every game (Dion Presia the other).
They still managed to kick a total of 60 goals between them in the 13 games, with 17 of those coming in the three finals that the Tigers won.
Lynch is excited at the prospect of what his on-field partnership can yield for the Tigers team moving forward.
“I love playing with him,” Lynch told ‘Fox Footy.
“It was a massive drawcard to play alongside him when I came to Richmond. And it’s just been great to learn so much off him . . . Hopefully I help him out as well.
“We’ve spent a full summer together, which has been great. We’re doing another pre-season now together.
“So we’ll continue to get better . . . I think we really understand our strengths and weaknesses, and our leading patterns have become pretty good.
“We’ve managed to gel pretty quickly . . .
“He missed a few games last year, but by the back-end I thought we were working together really well.”
Lynch, who was still overcoming his own knee issues during the first half of his 2019 debut year with Richmond, is feeling fit and confident heading into this season’s resumption.
“I definitely feel better at the start of the season compared to the start of the season last year,” he said.
“By the end of the season I was feeling really good, though, in terms of my knee and overall fitness.”