Carlton Chief Executive Steven Trigg has more than hinted on SEN radio this week that Dale Thomas is likely to be offered a one-year contract extension by the Blues for next year.
“If the season stopped right now he’d be in pretty good shape. He’s a positive influence on the group. No problem if he stays sound for the seven weeks, [contract talks] will be a good conversation.”
A new contract would see the ex-Magpie enter his 13th season at AFL level, an outcome that certainly appeared unlikely at times in the last year.
An impressive CV
Whether Dale Thomas plays on next year or not, the 30 year old can look back fondly on his achievements at AFL level.
Drafted with pick two in the 2005 draft the midfielder won the Harry Collier Trophy as the best first year player at Collingwood. He also has a career already spanning over a decade that includes more than 200 games of AFL football to his name.
The biggest highlight is no doubt the 2010 Premiership with Collingwood. Individually, his superb 2011 season was recognised with All-Australian selection. The midfielder averaged 25.1 disposals a match as he performed at a level that had him rated as one of the most damaging players in the competition.
At the end of 2012 when Dale Thomas departed the Magpies, he signed a lucrative four year deal with the Blues reportedly worth $700,000 per season. This has no doubt led to criticism from different circles on whether the Blues have got their value for money.
Dale Thomas still going strong
Despite the criticism the veteran has enjoyed a productive 2017 season playing 12 games and averaging 17.5 disposals per match.
The public comments from Steven Trigg should certainly give Dale Thomas confidence he still has some AFL football left in him for the season 2018.