Tarryn Thomas career in danger over fresh allegations abusive behaviour to women, North Melbourne Kangaroos updates


Troubled Kangaroos youngster Tarryn Thomas’ career is believed to be at the crossroads after the emergence of fresh allegations of misbehaviour towards women.

Thomas was stood down by North at the start of February after allegations of threatening behaviour towards women, and returned to training at the end of the month.

In the wake of the fresh allegations, the 22-year-old has been stood down from training until the club “gathers more information”, per a North statement on Wednesday afternoon.

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Veteran AFL columnist Damian Barrett suggested that Thomas’ AFL career was in grave danger following this latest off-field investigation.

“I think it’s line ball tonight, I really do,” Barrett told Nine’s Footy Classified.

“The preparation for playing again wasn’t quite up to the standards the club would’ve hoped.

“Even the rehab and the education he’s getting, even elements of that … there was just some issues there that have got the leadership group questioning their own decisions and the support of him to this point.”

Barrett’s view was echoed by Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd, who called Thomas a “major distraction”.

“To see them stand him down so quickly just makes me wonder: is this the final straw for Tarryn Thomas?” he told Footy Classified.

“They’re a new, young leadership group in Jy Simpkin and Luke McDonald and what I find – and I’ve been through this before – is just the drain that one player can have on a team.

“Often you’ll find that all your resources and all your energies are going towards a player who is probably the least professional at your football club.

“The other thing about this, this isn’t a $300-400,000 player, this is one of their most highly-paid players who hasn’t performed in a long time. He was well off his game last year, you could see something wasn’t right with the way he was.

“Obviously he had some family concerns too, but I think the drain that he is becoming, he is becoming a major distraction.”

Thomas posted and then deleted an Instagram post with a photo of himself with a tag suggesting he was in the Gold Coast captioned, “Are you still thinking of me?”, and was slammed for the decision by Geelong great Jimmy Bartel.

Bartel took aim at Thomas’ management and urged them to advise the youngster.

“If the alleged behaviour is to be anywhere near true, it is completely disrespectful to women and it’s abhorrent behaviour, and that needs to be dealt with first,” he told Footy Classified.

“We’ve got to understand who’s actually around him. Who is his camp? Every player has a camp, we’ve all had people in our life that we lean on. Who is advising him at this point? Football is so far away at the moment.

“I get that it’s a different generation of social media and we don’t understand it the way that generation does.

“Whoever is advising him needs to be on the phone because it’s incredibly tone-deaf. I know a lot of athletes like to look to the US and it’s a big thing at the moment being cryptic in your Instagram posts or your Twitter posts, but you open yourself up to all these questions.

“So whoever is giving him advice, just tone it down mate. Just read the room, and it’s just (a case of) absolutely not reading the temperature.”

Lloyd suggested that Thomas should be demoted permanently to the VFL and urged his management to reach out to Harley Bennell, whose career was cut short due to repeated off-field issues.

“I’d send him back to the VFL permanently. I’m talking not even train with the AFL,” he said.

“I’d say go and train with Tom Lynch, who is the coach. Get a job, get a full-time job, work from 8am to 5.30 and then you start your training from 5.30 to 7.30.

“It might be too late for this, but if you’re his manager Ben Williams, I’d get Harley Bennell on the phone.

“He is at Port Melbourne trying to see – and no one will – will someone give him another chance to ever play AFL football, which he blew.

“He’ll (Thomas) realise in a few years’ time just how much he has wasted amazing talent and an AFL career.”

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Thomas was selected eighth overall in the 2018 draft by the Kangaroos after being a part of the club’s Next Generation Academy.

He has made 57 appearances for the club since making his debut in 2019 and has a contract which runs through to the end of 2024.

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