The days of Quinten Lynch flinging away his glove are over, but the West Coast forward hasn’t given up hope of snaring one more AFL premiership before his career is up.
Lynch became a cult hero amongst West Coast fans for his knack of taking off his glove and chucking it to the side before taking set shots on goal.
However, a recent finger injury on his right hand has brought an end to that tradition, with the 2006 premiership forward forced to switch the glove to his right hand in order to keep the "bung" finger more steady.
The 29-year-old will reach his 200-game milestone in Saturday’s blockbuster against Collingwood at the MCG, and says he never quite understood why his glove attracted so much attention in the first place.
“It’s just a stinky glove,” Lynch said on Monday.
“I still believe it’s a little bit of an advantage to me. I don’t wear it just for the fun of it. A lot of people might think it’s a gimmick, but I strongly believe it’s not.
“I’ve got a pretty bung finger on my right hand so I don’t take it off anymore... it’s a bit too hard to get on and off.
“And I’ve been kicking a little bit straighter, so we’ll just leave it.”
Lynch rated his form this year as patchy, and said he was keen to iron out some kinks in a bid to help the ladder-leading Eagles claim another flag.
“As you know we’re in a really good spot at the moment to have a real crack at a premiership,” Lynch said.
“That’s the ultimate goal in footy and I’m lucky enough to get one, and I’d love another one. Another two would be beautiful.”
Lynch’s career hasn’t been all smooth sailing, with his biggest disappointment coming in 2005 when he was overlooked for selection in the grand final.
The 103kg key forward believed that experience made him a stronger footballer in the flag-winning side of 2006, and also helped him deal with a tough 2010 campaign when he was in and out of the side.
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