Paul Thomas (footballer)

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Paul Thomas
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-05-06) 6 May 1982 (age 32)
Debut Round 4, 16 April 2005, Essendon
v. Geelong, at Telstra Dome
Height/Weight 179 cm / 81 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001-04, 2006-
Central District (SANFL)
Adelaide (AFL)
Essendon (AFL)
190 (45)
000 0(0)
008 0(1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2005 season.
Career highlights

Paul Thomas (born 6 May 1982) is an Australian rules football player currently playing in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) with Central District Bulldogs. His father is Jamie Thomas who also played with the Bulldogs in the 1980s.

After spending a year on the Adelaide Crows list as a rookie in 2002, Thomas went back to the SANFL where he worked on improving his game, and he won a Magarey Medal in 2004.[1] The Essendon Football Club picked him up in the 2004 AFL Draft but was delisted at the end of the 2005 AFL season after eight games for Essendon.[2]

Thomas returned to Central District in 2006 and was appointed club captain in 2007, a position he still holds into the 2012 season. He was captain of the Bulldogs winning SANFL Grand Final teams in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He won his second Norm Russell Medal as Centrals Best & Fairest in 2009 to add to his 2004 win and in 2008 was named the Bob Quinn Medallist as for his best on ground effort in the SANFL's annual ANZAC Day match played at the Adelaide Oval between the previous season's grand finallists.

On 26 May 2012 Thomas was given the honor of captaining South Australia when they defeated Western Australia by 14 points, 15.11 (101) to 13.9 (87) at Gliderol Stadium @ Glenelg in Adelaide.[3]

Outside of league football Paul Thomas currently works at Trinity College Gawler River school, as a P.E. teacher.


  1. ^ "Footy player tops the class", UniSA, Accessed 2 February 2010
  2. ^ "Thomas in line for Dons debut", Bombersfc, Accessed 2 February 2010
  3. ^ SA triumphs in close state match