‘All I Ever Wanted To Do, And I Genuinely Hate This’: Dale Thomas Talks Retirement From AFL
He’s only 32, but Dale ‘Daisy’ Thomas has already “retired” from AFL.
Speaking to Erin Barnett in camp, Daisy spoke about how difficult it can be to work in an industry where -- once you hit 30 -- it can feel like your days are numbered.
“I retired in the sense that I told the club I was retiring after they told me that there wasn’t a spot in the list next year.
“I was always really realistic that at some point it would come to an end,” he continued, “For some weird reason, once you’re in the AFL and you get to 30-years-old it’s only a matter of time before you get wound up.”
The Carlton veteran announced his retirement in August after the club told him his contract wouldn’t be extended into 2020.
Daisy played 157 games for Collingwood before moving to the Blues in late 2013, playing his 100th game for Carlton the day after he announced his retirement.
Speaking to Erin in camp, Daisy explained the freedom he’s been enjoying since retiring. “The hardest thing is you get eight or 10 weeks off at the end of the season but you get one week to do nothing.
“I get it, you’ve got to stay fit because if you let yourself go you end up looking like this in three months,” he said grabbing at his own body. Before heading into the camp Dale told 10 daily he had purposefully put on about nine kilos in preparation for the weight-loss many celebs go through in the jungle.
“AFL Footy is unbelievable, I’m so fortunate to play, I'm so grateful for the opportunities that I got,” he said, “but as a 32-year-old bloke to be told when you can and can’t do things does become a little bit tedious.”
In May of last year Dale was thrown into controversy after he was caught at a charity event drinking, 48 hours before a game. Having a reported three to five glasses of wine for a Camp Charity event, Dale was demoted to the VFL. It was said the event also raised $375,000 for children living with cancer.
“There’s so much pressure and expectation that comes with it,” Dale told Erin.
“After 14 years… I had times where I was like this is all I ever wanted to do and I genuinely hate this,” he continued.
“The last couple of years I really got to fall back in love with football and leave on a note that I felt like I had given everything of myself,” he admitted to-camera. “Don’t have any regrets as to how my career panned out.”