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Lynch wants one more contract
Lynch wants one more contract

Contract negotiations to keep Quinten Lynch at West Coast beyond this season will start shortly, with the key forward's preference to be a one-club player.

Lynch, 29, is about to come out of contract, having signed only a one-year deal last season after showing renewed form.

He has filled in adequately in the absence of injured centre-half forward Josh Kennedy this year to be sitting third on the club's goal-kicking list with 21.

Speculation over his immediate future at the Eagles was fuelled by Channel Nine's The Footy Show on Thursday night, with reports that Melbourne was one Victorian club interested in the hulking forward.

Lynch is classed as an unrestricted free agent after more than 10 seasons of service for West Coast, meaning he has the option of switching clubs.

However, the 2006 premiership player reiterated last month that he was aware the clock was ticking on his chances to win a second premiership.

The 201-game forward will be aware that West Coast are well placed for a tilt at another flag on the back of last year's preliminary final finish and their current spot in the top four.

He acknowledged last month he expected to have only two years, at most, left in his career.

Lynch's manager Colin Young confirmed he had spoken to his client about contract plans.

"We are hoping to start contract negotiations soon," Young said.

"Quinten Lynch wants to finish his career at West Coast, if possible."

The fact West Coast have now locked away star midfielder Daniel Kerr on a two-year contract extension bodes well for Lynch's chances of reaching terms in the near future.

Doubts over a return date for Kennedy, who is recovering from a serious ankle injury, also have enhanced Lynch's importance to the line-up.

The club still has several re- signing priorities besides the noted goal kicker.

Youngsters Brad Sheppard, Koby Stevens and Tom Swift are uncontracted beyond this season.

The playing deals of injured forward Mark Nicoski and fringe midfielder Bradd Dalziell also run out at the end of the year.

Nicoski (hamstring) was ruled out for the season earlier this week after he had another setback at training.