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As the impact of the AFL’s new free agency rules took effect in October 2013, Carlton was one of the first clubs to lose a star player when Eddie Betts was lured across the border to the Adelaide Crows. But only a few days later, the Navy Blues landed a big fish of their own by signing Collingwood Premiership star and All Australian Dale Thomas on a four-year deal.

Drafted by the Magpies at number 2 in the 2005 National Draft (behind current Carlton captain Marc Murphy) 26 year-old Thomas had played 157 games and kicked 121 goals in black and white. Nicknamed ‘Daisy,’ he had become a cult figure at Collingwood in 2010, when he starred in their Premiership side before finishing third in their Best and Fairest. The following year he was named as an All Australian, and touted as a future Magpie captain.

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To read the Thomas story, click HERE.

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Within the Blueseum you will find thousands of pictures and video clips of the players, the people, the games and the grounds that have made the Old Dark Navy Blues of Carlton one of Australia’s greatest sporting clubs.

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