Tarryn Thomas breaks his silence as a troubled football star fights for his future after the AFL gave him an ULTIMATUM after ANOTHER off-field offense
- Tarryn Thomas insists he is desperate to resume his footy career
- The AFL has issued him an ultimatum after a string of infractions
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Tarryn Thomas insists he wants to play footy again after the North Melbourne gun was involved in another off-field indiscretion.
Thomas, 23, has been told to stay away from the AFL club after being placed on a respectful behavior education program.
Thomas was charged in January with threatening to distribute an intimate image and faced trial last month. The case returns to Broadmeadows Magistrates Court on July 18.
In February, Thomas faced two charges of violating a court order, but those charges were dropped.
North Melbourne were made aware of further allegations of inappropriate conduct last month, which they reported to the AFL Integrity Unit. While video footage surfaced this week of him driving with his feet on the dashboard.
Tarryn Thomas has maintained he is desperate to resume his football career
The 23-year-old has been told to stay away from North Melbourne amid off-field trouble
Thomas was due to return to North Melbourne in the coming days, Channel 7 reports, but the new video footage of the 23-year-old has extended that comeback.
The Kangaroos said Thomas had not made “enough progress” with his education program to warrant a return.
On Wednesday, AFL chief Gillon McLachlan called on the troubled star to clean up his act or risk never playing footy again.
“Tarryn has to make a decision about what he wants to do with his future,” he said. “Either he comes back into the community and meets AFL and club standards and community expectations, or he doesn’t.”
And in a conversation with Seven, Thomas insists that he wants to resume his career as soon as possible.
“I’m very desperate to get back to playing the game I love and to play with my best friends,” he said. ‘I can’t wait to go back.
“I’m doing everything I can to come back and the club is helping and guiding me. The club is doing a fantastic job for me.’
“I think they trust me and believe me and I believe them, and they’re great guys,” he said.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has given Thomas an ultimatum
De Roos play exciting football under super coach Alastair Clarkson and Thomas is eager to get back on the pitch.
“It’s kind of exciting, and what brand they play,” he said.
“I wear my jersey at home and wish I was playing, boots on, socks on. I love watching them play and can’t wait to get out.
“The body is pretty good, (my personal trainer Jay Washington is) pushes me to the limit, I like working out with him, I like working with him.”
“I have days when I’m flat. I have so much love and support around me and the club is a big part of their end. All my friends and family are by my side.”