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May, Shiel, Lynch and Boyd see the downside of life on Broadway

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If Steven May went for a drink with a few mates when he was on the Gold Coast, we never knew or cared about it in Melbourne.

May's behaviour wasn't always pristine when he was a Sun, but whatever he did - or didn't do - went undetected.


The tree that fell in the Gold Coast forest wasn't seen. But beers imbibed in a Richmond pub, as a Melbourne player, were seen and became a problem for May and his club.

To get the same level of attention on the Gold Coast would require a punch-up, at the bare minimum, a night in the lock-up or a serious offence on social media.

The Giants knew Dylan Shiel had a propensity to spray some of his (mainly long) kicks, but this was never noticed by the football media - nor the public at large - until he played under the glare of Friday night lights against the Demons and then on Anzac Day.

And Tom Lynch was paid about $2 million over two seasons at Gold Coast when he carried a knee injury and wasn't terribly productive after a stellar 2016. Yet it wasn't until he became a Richmond player that he would be described, in Matthew Lloyd's words earlier this season, as "a liability'' to his side.

Steven May has been in the spotlight since moving to Melbourne.Credit:Eddie Jim

When Lynch was weighing up his free-agent future, the Suns did indeed warn him that he would face new levels of scrutiny if he left the club and went to a Melbourne club.

Adam Treloar, too, has been criticised for his sometimes........

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