GOLD Coast has one of the most productive 'dynamic duos' in the AFL – and stand-in skipper Tom Lynch is desperate to keep it that way.
Fresh off his heroic last-gasp goal in Saturday night's draw against West Coast, Lynch has put forward a compelling case for Gold Coast to retain out-of-contract forward Charlie Dixon.
Dixon is being openly courted by neighbours Brisbane Lions and has been linked to other clubs as the season draws to a close.
But Lynch is desperate for his big mate to stay.
It's little wonder, too, as the pair has combined for 61 goals this season.
Not bad in a team that has won just twice and is being serviced by a midfield that has missed its four most polished players – Gary Ablett, Jaeger O'Meara, David Swallow and Dion Prestia – for much of the season.
That's to take nothing away from what Michael Rischitelli, Touk Miller and co. have provided, but the Dixon-Lynch duo has thrived on supply from a team ranked 15th in inside 50 entries.
"I love playing with him," Lynch said.
"I think we work well together.
"Throughout the year if one's been down, the other one's been up, so we're complementing each other.
"I think he will sign.
"He does love the club and I hope he signs. He'll be a massive boost for us if we sign him on."
Dixon is your classic full-forward: a player who likes to use his bulk close to goal and is almost impossible to beat one-on-one.
Lynch is more a Nick Riewoldt or Jonathan Brown (in his youth) style of player, who prefers to run his opponent ragged and work anywhere from the goalsquare to the wing.
They have kicked 29 goals in their past five games together.
"Charlie has grown enormously this year, he's played well in the past but he's been able to get a consistent run at it," Lynch said.
"We've both been trying to improve the last couple of years and we're getting there. We're nowhere near there yet.
"Charlie's had a really good season, he's had some really big games where he's kicked seven and I think he's really ready to stamp himself on the competition."
Lynch has already stamped himself and is equal-third for contested marks, a year after finishing fourth in the same category.
His ice-cool angled goal from 35m on Saturday night confirmed his ability to perform under pressure.
"That was the main thing, to calm myself down and kick through the footy and hopefully it goes through," he said.