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2016 Review: Lindsay Thomas

“The more versatility Lindsay has, the better it’s going to be for the team and it gives more opportunities."

With North’s 2016 season complete, NMFC.com.au analyses the performance of each player by using statistics, a coach review, season highlights and much more.

Another 37 goals took Lindsay Thomas past 300 for his career and nudging the all-time top 10 at North Melbourne.

On the verge of his 200th AFL game, the small-forward had another good year, while being the centre of attention at times.

View Lindsay Thomas’ player profile

Statistics

AFL

Games: 22
Disposals: 264
Goals: 37
Tackles: 66

Season highlights

Round 18 v Collingwood: 15 disposals, 5 goals, 1 Brownlow vote

Quotes

“He just made sure that he looked after me, made sure that I was all right mentally, just one of those guys that was just a phone call away.” – Thomas on the influence Brent Harvey has had on his career

What the coach said – Leigh Tudor

“Lindsay had a good year. He kicked 37 goals and he was disappointed personally that he didn’t kick 50 because he had the opportunities to.

“He played a few different roles for us this year, where he came off the back of the centre square at centre bounces and played a little bit in the midfield at times.

“He’s just so exciting when he’s around the ball, and he made an impact straight away.

“Lindsay had a fantastic pre-season, he did a lot of stuff away from the club above and beyond and it set him up for a good year.

“He’s really keen to do that again, so we think that Lindsay’s going to come back in good shape again and maybe he can do a little bit more next year through the midfield.

“If he does spend time up around the ball, we have to make sure other guys can play his forward role, like (Kayne) Turner and (Taylor) Garner and (Corey) Wagner, guys who can be a crumbing forward.

“The more versatility Lindsay has, the better it’s going to be for the team and it gives more opportunities for other guys.”