Paul Thomas (footballer)
|Date of birth||6 May 1982|
|Debut||Round 4, 16 April 2005, Essendon
vs. Geelong, at Telstra Dome
|Height / weight||179 cm / 81 kg|
|2001–04, 2006–||Central District (SANFL)||190 (45)|
|2002||Adelaide (AFL)||0 (0)|
|2005||Essendon (AFL)||8 (1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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. 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.
Thomas returned to Central District in 2006 and was appointed club captain in 2007. 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 Central Districts Best & Fairest in 2009 to add to his 2004 win and in 2008 was named the Bob Quinn Medalist 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 finalists.
Outside of league football Thomas works at Henley High School, as a P.E. teacher and the football (AFL) Specialist Sport Program coach...
Thomas's father Jamie Thomas played 153 games for Central Districts in the 1980s.
- "Footy player tops the class", UniSA, http://www.unisa.edu.au/studentsatunisa/2004/octnov/magarey.asp Accessed 2 February 2010
- "Thomas in line for Dons debut", Bombersfc, http://www.bombersfc.com.au/Season2007/News/NewsArticle/tabid/6477/Default.aspx?newsId=9877 Accessed 2 February 2010
- SA triumphs in close state match
- Argent, Peter. "Grassroots: SA footy round-up". InDaily. InDaily. Retrieved 15 April 2015.