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Carl­ton vet­eran Dale Thomas is keen to play on next sea­son and doesn’t be­lieve his re­cent club-im­posed ban will hurt his chances of a new deal.

Thomas was stood down from the round 11 clash with Essendon, Bren­don Bolton’s last in charge be­fore his sack­ing, af­ter he drank sev­eral glasses of wine at a char­ity func­tion two days be­fore a loss to St Kilda.

“I think from the foot­ball club’s and a holis­tic point of view, one mis­de­meanour doesn’t out­weigh the good that I’ve done and the things that I’ve been able to do over the time that I’ve been here,” Thomas said.

“It ob­vi­ously wasn’t ideal, the tim­ing was shock­ing and I put my hand up for that, and if I could change it I would but I can’t.”

Thomas is set to play his 250th match when Carl­ton host the West­ern Bull­dogs at Marvel Sta­dium on Satur­day.

It will be his 93rd game for the club since his late-2013 switch from Collingwoo­d — where he was part of the 2010 pre­mier­ship side.

The Blues haven’t played finals since then and Thomas strug­gled with form and in­jury at stages but he’s proud of the im­pact he’s had at the club.

“It cer­tainly didn’t go to plan,” he said.

“If you had a magic crys­tal ball and you could look at, it would have been on­wards and up­wards and my ca­reer would’ve just kept flour­ish­ing but I un­der­stand that’s life.

“I’ve got up more than I’ve been kicked down.”

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

Dustin Martin is ex­pected to line up for Rich­mond af­ter a knock against Gee­long.

Pic­ture: Getty

Dale Thomas took his medicine at the North­ern Blues.

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