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North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL coach reveals Tarryn Thomas was struggling with death of his grandma

Kangaroos star Tarryn Thomas lashes out at fan who criticized his performance against Adelaide before deleting the exchange – as it has been revealed he struggled with his grandmother’s death

  • Thomas was called ‘uninterested’ after a moderate game by Roos great David King
  • David Noble defended Thomas, saying he was dealing with a family death
  • Adelaide crushed the last seeded Roos by 57 points

North Melbourne coach David Noble has gone on to defend star player Tarryn Thomas, who was called ‘disinterested’ during the team’s 57-point loss to Adelaide; revealing Thomas struggled after his grandmother’s death.

Thomas had just one kick and two handballs as the Kangaroos strengthened their position at the bottom of the ladder against 13th seeded Adelaide at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.

He took to social media after the game to confront a fan who had commented on an earlier photo: “You made it through 1 handball all through the first half today, let’s see if we can change the future and move on to the second half.” 2 can strive!’ †

In a now-deleted reply, Thomas said ‘Still get paid 10x more than you’ll ever get’.

Thomas burst into fan criticizing his play against Adelaide in a since-deleted social media exchange

Thomas burst into fan criticizing his play against Adelaide in a since-deleted social media exchange

The answer did not phase the user in the least.

“It shouldn’t surprise you that you’re more concerned about how much you get paid than being the worst player on the worst team in the league. Congratulations on three dispsals, deserve that paycheck.’

Former Kangaroos great David King was highly critical of Thomas during the third term, to a point where he had only had two touches in the entire match.

North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein (center) comforts Tarryn Thomas after the game

North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein (center) comforts Tarryn Thomas after the game

“I’m just looking at Tarryn Thomas, he just doesn’t seem right to me. He just doesn’t look like he has the ability to explode or unleash on the ball,” he said on the Fox Footy broadcast of the match.

“He’s just scrolling right now… you just wonder what’s going through his head at this stage. He looks a fraction uninterested.’

Former Kangaroos great David King called Tarryn Thomas 'disinterested' during the game

Former Kangaroos great David King called Tarryn Thomas ‘disinterested’ during the game

North Melbourne coach David Noble jumped to the defense of his Thomas after the game, explaining that there was something more going on than just a poor performance from the talented attacker.

“(Tarryn) has had a death in his family this week and is really struggling with it. His grandmother has passed away,” he said after the game.

“He wanted to play for his grandma and I’m sure he’s disappointed with the game he has put forward.

“He’s not flying home with us… he’s going back to support his family,” Noble said.

David Noble jumped in defense of Tarryn Thomas after the game

David Noble jumped in defense of Tarryn Thomas after the game

Thomas struggled for consistency this season and had only just returned to the side after being dropped for failing to meet training standards.

Noble said he didn’t hear King’s comments but could understand the criticism.

“There are some circumstances around it, but when you get on the field there is a level I think you have to bring. But he (Thomas) struggled,’ he said.

Thomas tries to gain possession during the loss to Adelaide

Thomas tries to gain possession during the loss to Adelaide

The loss to Adelaide was North Melbourne’s 12th in a row this season, and Noble will speak this week with longtime AFL club manager Geoff Walsh; recently appointed in a short-term advisory role.

“I think it will reinforce what we are doing right now. But when there’s something new… we’re all for getting better,” Noble said.

“None of us like where we are now.”

It will be difficult for the Kangaroos to react next week – they head to Geelong on Saturday night to take on the second-placed Cats.

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