North Melbourne youngster Tarryn Thomas told 7NEWS he will at least see the remainder of his current AFL contract, which expires at the end of 2024.
It was reported that the Kangaroos were in danger of being asked to facilitate a trade for Thomas after estimated No. 1 draft pick Jason Horne-Francis had already requested a trade to Port Adelaide.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Tarryn Thomas speaks about the future in North Melbourne.
Analysis, local football and biggest moments, Seven and 7plus are home to football shows for every fan. Stream them all for free on 7plus >>
That would have been a disaster for the Roos, who have to hold on to whatever young talent they have.
But speaking to 7NEWS, Thomas said he’s not going anywhere, at least for now.
“I have two years left,” he said.
“I want to focus on my football and spend my two years in North Melbourne.
“Whatever the future holds (I don’t know) but for now I’m happy at North.
“I love the club. The club has done a lot for me and my family.”
One of the Kangaroos’ indigenous stars, Thomas, along with best and fairest winner Jy Simpkin, is hoping Alastair Clarkson can return to the club as manager despite battling allegations of historical racism with First Nations players during his time at Hawthorn .
Thomas said before he found out about the shocking allegations, both he and the group had already formed a good bond with Clarkson.
“He came to the club after the end of the season and met with us as a whole group,” said Thomas.
“(I) had a one-on-one after the best and most beautiful before it all happened. Our relationship was pretty good.
“He’s a coaching legend and I love him as a person. (I) haven’t spoken to him since (the revelations), but hopefully it’s going well.”
He has thrown his full support behind Clarkson, who is coming back to lead the Roos.
“Yes, definitely,” he said.
“He’s a great coach and we’d love to have him but we’re just waiting to see what happens (with the AFL investigation). Whatever happens happens, but yeah it would be great to have him.
But regardless of Clarkson’s presence or not, Horne-Francis wants out of Arden Street despite only playing a year in the Blue and Whites.
Thomas said he “was pretty close with Jason, so it’s pretty flat.”
“But that’s what’s best for him and his family and his health right now and that’s what’s close to my heart. (South Australia) is where he plays his best football, his family is there…it is what it is, hopefully he has a future wherever he goes. Good luck to him.”
https://7news.com.au/sport/afl/north-melbourne-star-tarryn-thomas-breaks-silence-on-trade-rumours-addresses-relationship-with-alastair-clarkson–c-8465813 AFL Trade News: North Melbourne’s Tarryn Thomas breaks silence on trade rumors and relationship with Alastair Clarkson