Thomas remains at Collingwood

COLLINGWOOD star midfielder Dale Thomas has pledged his allegiance to the Magpies after a signing a new two-year contract with the club.

Thomas, who was the second overall pick in the 2005 draft, has played 130 games and scored 99 goals since debuting for the club in the opening round of the 2006 season.

Playing in a rich vein of form this season, the 24-year-old had attracted the attention of incoming franchise the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

And speculation Thomas would move to the Harbour City's western suburbs was not helped as the decision to sign a new contract with the Magpies was constantly delayed.

Fortunately for Magpies' fans, Thomas said he couldn't turn down the chance to create a dynasty with Collingwood.

"It's very exciting and I'm rapt to put pen to paper," Thomas told Collingwood TV.

"We are a very strong and powerful club and at the moment we're at the right end of the table.

"The position we've come off last year winning a premiership, and hopefully the group we've got can go forward and win another one."

Thomas said he had spoken to Greater Western Sydney officials, and admitted the salary package on offer from the new franchise was a tempting offer.

But Thomas said the decision to stay in Melbourne was based on more than just financial gain.

"The new franchise have a greater salary cap than the existing clubs," he said.

"But my decision wasn't based on numbers."

Thomas, from Drouin in south eastern Victoria, burst onto the AFL scene after playing his under-18 football with the Gippsland Power. In 2006 he was an AFL Rising Star nominee and won the Magpies’ best first year player award after playing 16 games.

Thomas’ commitment comes after fellow midfield stars Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury agreed to new contracts earlier this season.


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