Carlton midfielder Dale Thomas claimed that he was never sure if his right ankle injury of 2013 would ever heal properly, but says he’s had no problem with it so far during the preseason. Thomas originally suffered an injury to the ankle while playing for Collingwood in the 15th round back in 2012. He played the remainder of the campaign with the injury and then underwent surgery at the end of the season. However, things got worse in 2013, his last year with Collingwood, when he managed to appear in just five contests with the senior squad. He then had to undergo two more operations that effectively ended his season.
Carlton fans may want to back their team in the BetEasy AFL wagers this year though, knowing that Thomas has been pain-free up to now. He played in 20 matches with the club last season after moving to Carlton as a free agent, but his preseason was limited. Thomas, who was an All Australian in 2011, said his ankle if feeling fine and he’s happy that he’s been able to participate in all of the team’s preseason activities. He added that he’s looking forward to the 2015 season and feels the team is n for a better season than in 2014. This should be another bonus for Carlton fans when visiting BetEasy AFL to back their favourite team.
“Hopefully with 20 games last year under my belt and a bit of consistency and continuity in training I can get out there and keep it going into the season, and, hopefully along with the boys, improve on what we were able to achieve last year,” Thomas told the media. “I don’t feel my ankle so that’s probably the best sign. I think also mentally I’m running and jumping with more confidence, not really thinking about it at all.”
Thomas played forward several times last year, but said he’s expecting to start in the midfield this year. Blues head coach Mick Malthouse is pleased with what he’s seen from Thomas so far and is also looking forward to getting his name in the AFL record book. If things go according to plan, Malthouse will coach in his 715th contest in round five this year, which will make him the longest-serving VFL/AFL head coach in history. The current record of 714 games belongs to Collingwood icon Jock McHale.
Thomas played for Malthouse in 2010 while at Collingwood and joked, “You know what Mick’s like, he makes it all about himself – records and what not.” He then added, “No, he hates that sort of stuff. He coaches to try and get the best out of the group and he’s no different, I guess, to where the players are at. He’s setting lofty expectations of the group and we’re trying to achieve them.” Backers of Carlton and any other AFL club can place their wagers on the 2015 season at BetEasy AFL.