|Full name||Wesley Alexander Nevada Thomas|
|Date of birth||23 January 1987|
|Place of birth||Barking, London, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2008–2010||Dagenham & Redbridge||27||(3)|
|2008–2009||→ Grays Athletic (loan)||7||(2)|
|2010||→ Rushden & Diamonds (loan)||0||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Bournemouth (loan)||14||(7)|
|2012||→ Portsmouth (loan)||6||(3)|
|2012–2013||→ Blackpool (loan)||9||(3)|
|2013||→ Birmingham City (loan)||11||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:56, 11 June 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He began his career in non-league football with various clubs in and around London before making his debut in the Football League for Dagenham & Redbridge in 2008. After loan spells in the Conference with Grays Athletic and Rushden & Diamonds, he spent a season with League Two club Cheltenham Town. He briefly joined Crawley Town before moving into League One with AFC Bournemouth. After one full season at Bournemouth, he went out on loan again, to Portsmouth, Blackpool and Birmingham City.
Thomas previously played for Fisher Athletic, Thurrock and Waltham Forest before making his debut in the Football League with Dagenham & Redbridge. Thomas also previously had a scholarships with Queen Park Rangers and after two years there, Thomas was released. Though he was released by Queen Park Rangers affected him, Thomas "studied for a BTEC National Certificate in Media".
He joined Conference Premier club Grays Athletic on loan in December 2008; he made eight appearances and scored twice before his loan ended at the end of January 2009. He joined Rushden & Diamonds in March 2010 on loan until the end of the season, but never appeared for the first team, and was transfer-listed by Dagenham & Redbridge as they restructured the team following their promotion to League One.
In July 2010, Thomas signed a one-year contract with League Two club Cheltenham Town. He scored his first goal for the club in a 1–1 draw against Gillingham on the opening day of the season, and followed up with two against Crewe Alexandra on his second appearance. The club were keen for Thomas to sign an extended contract – by January 2011 he was top scorer with 12 goals – but was reluctant to do so because his pregnant girlfriend wanted to stay close to her London home. He scored regularly until the beginning of March, but produced only one more between then and the end of the season; this still left him as the club's top scorer, with 19 goals. He chose not to re-sign for Cheltenham, instead joining Crawley Town, newly promoted to League Two, on what Cheltenham chairman Paul Baker described as "staggering" wages.
Thomas signed a two-year contract with Crawley Town. Manager Steve Evans described him as "a natural goalscorer" with pace and good movement who was "still developing" as a player. Thomas also claimed that then manager Evans promised him he will be the first choice striker at the start of the season. He made his Crawley debut as a very late substitute on the opening day of the 2011–12 season, and scored in his second game, in a 2–0 win over Macclesfield Town. He was unable to dislodge Tyrone Barnett and Matt Tubbs from the starting eleven, and was unhappy about not playing.
Thomas joined League One club Bournemouth on 9 September, initially on a 93-day loan, with an agreement for the move to be made permanent for a "six-figure fee" when the January 2012 transfer window opened. In his second game, Thomas won a penalty, reacted to a rebound off the crossbar to score his first goal for the club, and set up a goal for Marc Pugh in a 3–1 victory over Leyton Orient. He began to develop a partnership with Michael Symes which both parties and manager Lee Bradbury thought could become productive. The day after his move to Bournemouth was made permanent, Thomas and Symes each scored in a 2–0 defeat of Wycombe Wanderers. Thomas finished the season with an even longer goal drought than he had at Cheltenham; this time he scored only once after January.
In the 2013–14 season, Thomas had been linked with League One side Swindon Town. But Bournemouth were reluctant to sell Thomas because they were "low on strikers at the moment." Having only making ten appearance in the first half of 2013–14 season, it was announced that he wouldn't be offered a new contract by the club when the 2013–14 season ended.
The barren spell continued into the following season, amid competition from Lewis Grabban and Matt Tubbs for a starting spot, and on 28 September, manager Paul Groves allowed Thomas to leave on a month's loan to fellow League One club Portsmouth. The next day, he scored a late winner against Scunthorpe United to give Portsmouth their first home league victory of the season. He and Izale McLeod performed well as a strike pairing, and helped the club to four league wins and a draw in Thomas's first five matches for the club. He was reluctant to return to his parent club if he was not going be played, and Michael Appleton wanted to keep him at Portsmouth, but newly appointed manager Eddie Howe recalled him to Bournemouth with the intention of involving him in the squad.
On 22 November, Thomas followed Michael Appleton to Championship club Blackpool, on loan until 1 January 2013. His first goal came on 1 December in a 4–1 away win at Peterborough United. Although Appleton wanted him to stay, Thomas finished his spell at Blackpool with three goals from six games and returned to Bournemouth.
There was considerable interest in the player's services from Championship clubs including Derby County, Watford, Burnley and Appleton's latest club, Blackburn Rovers. But after three more appearances for Bournemouth, without scoring, Thomas signed for Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season.
Birmingham City (loan)
Thomas went straight into the starting eleven, partnering Marlon King, for Birmingham's 2–1 win against Nottingham Forest two days later. He played 71 minutes and missed a chance to score on debut, "plant[ing] a shot high and wide of the upright".
Thomas struggled to make an impact until scoring his first goals in a 3–1 win over Derby County on 9 March 2013. The first goal was described as "wrestle-turned two defenders and showed great determination before smashing the ball in from a tight angle on the left". After the match, Manager Lee Clark praised Thomas performance, quoting he "scored two, his hold up play was good and his work ethic is fantastic." Thomas, himself, expressed desire to stay at Birmingham City on a permanent deal. Four weeks later, on 6 April 2013, Thomas scored another goal in a 1–1 draw against Millwall, as he "never wavered and fired Blues into a 49th-minute lead, swivelling to shoot and score". At the end of the 2013–14 season, a permanent deal with Birmingham City was "doable, as the transfer fee required" despite Clark's desire to keep Thomas.
Birmingham City return
Despite Rotherham offering Thomas a new contract at the end of the season, he decided to re-sign for Birmingham on 11 June 2014.
- As of match played 25 May 2014
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||2008–09||League Two||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Dagenham & Redbridge total||28||3||1||0||1||0||1||0||31||3|
|Grays Athletic (loan)||2008–09||Conference Premier||7||2||0||0||0||0||1[b]||0||8||2|
|Rushden & Diamonds (loan)||2009–10||Conference Premier||0||0||—||—||—||0||0|
|Cheltenham Town||2010–11||League Two||41||18||2||1||0||0||0||0||43||19|
|Crawley Town||2011–12||League Two||6||1||0||0||1||0||1[a]||0||8||1|
|Portsmouth (loan)||2012–13||League One||6||3||—||—||1[a]||0||7||3|
|Birmingham City (loan)||2012–13||Championship||11||3||—||—||—||11||3|
|Rotherham United||2013–14||League One||13||5||0||0||0||0||3[c]||1||16||6|
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