DAISY WANTS TO KICK ON
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.”
Dustin Martin is expected to line up for Richmond after a knock against Geelong.
Dale Thomas took his medicine at the Northern Blues.