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Lynch won’t blame hand injury for modest returns

Tom Lynch attempts a mark during round seven against the Roos.

Tom Lynch attempts a mark during round seven against the Roos. Credit:Getty Images

“The hand is fine. It’s feeling a lot better than it was a couple of weeks ago. It’s not an issue. I’m just not marking that well at the moment,” Lynch said on Monday.

“Personally I just think I am out of touch at the moment. It’s a bit of a funny year at the moment, there’s not many key forwards playing that well.”

Lynch noted that several other factors were contributing to lower scoring across the board in 2020.

“Maybe the shorter quarters, the game hasn’t been opening up as much,” he said.

“I don’t know if it’s flooding tactics, but when it’s a slow play there has always been numbers inside forward 50. I don’t think it’s massive change this year, I just think key forwards aren’t playing that well.”

Richmond take on the Western Bulldogs on Wednesday night at Metricon Stadium with captain Trent Cotchin set to return in the match from a hamstring injury.

Lynch said he was unfazed with backing up off a five-day break as the AFL heads into a compressed fixture block between rounds nine and 12.

“We’d rather be playing than training all the time. We did a lot of training over the isolation period so we are rapt to be playing games,” Lynch said.

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