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Lynch praises Cloke's AFL form
Roger Vaughan
13:44 AEST Tue Apr 23 2013

New Collingwood player Quinten Lynch has heaped praise on teammate Travis Cloke, calling him the best tall player in the AFL.

Cloke shares the lead with North Melbourne's Lindsay Thomas in the Coleman Medal with 16 goals after his bag of seven last Saturday against Richmond.

Lynch and Cloke are forming a potent key-forward double act and they will be a handful for the Essendon defence in Thursday's Anzac Day blockbuster at the MCG.

"I've played with a lot of great players, but probably no key forwards like him - his one-on-one contests, he's second to none," Lynch said.

"If I see him one out, I just kick him the footy.

"He's the best big man running around at the moment, I'd reckon."

Lynch came to Collingwood after 209 games at West Coast.

Rather than being the team's main target in attack, he is relishing the chance to play alongside Cloke.

"Its just a marvel playing with him," Lynch said.

"It's a privilege to play with him, he's such a great player and I'm enjoying a little bit of chemistry we're starting to build."

Lynch is also rapt to play for the first time in the annual Collingwood-Essendon match, one of the highlights of the season.

The Magpies have started the season with MCG matches against rivals such as Carlton, Hawthorn and Richmond.

That has given Lynch an early exposure to the massive crowds that are a feature of Collingwood's big games.

"It's been an exciting thing for me, coming over here and playing in front of big crowds every week," he said.

"No doubt, this will probably be the biggest one, easily."

Collingwood should regain No.1 ruckman Darren Jolly, who has been out of action since the Carlton win in round two with a rib injury.

Lynch stepped up in that match and did most of the ruckwork once Jolly had to leave the field.

"It's good to have another ruckman in there and I can play a bit forward," Lynch said of Jolly's likely return.


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