Blues veteran Dale Thomas will play his final home game for Carlton on Saturday after making the decision to call time on his illustrious playing career.
Thomas came to the decision to retire after he was informed he would not be offered a contract in 2020.
Fittingly, the Carlton faithful will be able to give the 32-year-old the farewell he deserves this weekend as he prepares to play his 100th game in Navy Blue against the Saints at the MCG.
One of the game’s great personalities of the modern era, ‘Daisy’ has managed to achieve the rare feat of becoming a beloved character among both Carlton and Collingwood supporters.
Having played 256 games across 14 seasons, Thomas said he was content with his decision to retire whilst still being able to perform at the elite level.
“While this is something I didn’t want to hear, I was realistic that it was a chance to have happened. I also understand the direction the Club is going, and I certainly understand that decisions have to be made,” Thomas said.
“I have experienced so much in my career since walking in as a blond-haired kid from Drouin back in 2005.
“The opportunity to live out my boyhood dream for the last 14 years has been incredible, I am proud of everything I’ve been able to achieve.
“While the end has come quickly, I have no regrets whatsoever and am looking forward to these last two weeks, especially playing at the ‘G for the last time in front of our fans.”
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Carlton General Manager of List Management and Strategy, Stephen Silvagni said Thomas would depart the game having earned a distinguished playing career.
“Daisy’s career is one that most players can only dream of – to overcome the challenges he has faced through injury and yet still play over 250 games is a real credit to him.
“He has left a unique footprint on our game and earned the respect of our members and supporters during his six seasons at the Club.
“We look forward to giving Daisy the farewell he deserves at our final home game this week against the Saints on Saturday.”