Main content

Thomas claims the Harry Collier Trophy

Watch Josh Thomas address the crowd after receiving the Harry Collier Trophy as Collingwood's best first-year player. Josh Thomas accepts the Harry Collier Award for being Collingwood's best first year player in 2013.
Josh Thomas on the burst against West Coast in round 23.
Good things come to those who wait, but few had to wait longer for a senior debut than Josh Thomas.

The Queenslander’s patient three-year stint in the medical room was rewarded with an outstanding debut season that saw him play 19 of a possible 23 senior games and receive the Harry Collier Trophy as Collingwood’s best first year player.

"I'd just like to thank my family. They're back in Queensland and couldn't be here tonight, but they've been great support for me over the last four years," Thomas told the 1600 strong crowd at the Crown Palladium.

Originally recruited to the club way back in November 2009, Thomas was forced to deal with debilitating foot injuries during his first three years on the list.

Lesser men may have crumbled after enduring numerous setbacks, but Thomas never dropped his head and managed to get some continuity into his football in the VFL late last season.

It proved the perfect springboard for success in 2013. After impressing in the NAB Cup, Thomas debuted against North Melbourne in round one and didn’t look out of place, gathering 18 disposals and laying three tackles.

He remained on the fringe of senior selection until round seven when he won 28 touches in the loss to Fremantle.

Tellingly, Thomas did not miss a game after round 10 and in that time won 20 or more disposals on 10 occasions.

His season hit a high note when he gathered 35 possessions and sent the ball inside 50 seven times against West Coast in round 22. Although it stymied Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury’s Brownlow hopes, Thomas was a very deserving recipient of the three votes and served notice to the competition that he is now a key cog in the Collingwood engine.

Josh Thomas
Goals: 11
Average Disposals: 19.11
Average Tackles: 3.26
Average Clearances: 3.21
Debut: Round 1 v North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium

First Year Magpies in 2013
Sam Dwyer (debut in round 1)
Jack Frost (debut in round 1)
Josh Thomas (debut in round 1)
Ben Kennedy (debut in round 6)
Jarrod Witts (debut in round 6)
Kyle Martin (debut in round 10)
Adam Oxley (debut in round 11)
Brodie Grundy (debut in round 18)