On top of which, despite picking up 17 bookings over the last two seasons, the man capped once for Wales, didn’t pick up one dreaded red.
As his new coach put it, Lynch plays ‘close to the edge.’ You can see and hear the interview above.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink added: “We needed to fill Clint Hill’s spot, and we need someone to play three matches a week.
“It was also Important to have people who know the league.
“We like the right aggressivity - and Joel plays on the edge and we want that.”
JFH has already spelled out realistic ambitions and aims for the season, despite the arrival of Lynch, Poland international Ariel Borysiuk and Brentford's Jake Lynch.
“We want to be competitive and challenge,” the head coach said.
“The big aim is to get promotion but we can’t be crazy and stupid - we have to build a team, and those four letters in the word are vital. If we get that right we’ll be strong and be nice to watch.”