Adelaide’s stalwart Scott Thompson is retiring, but he’s not giving up on an AFL fairytale finish just yet.
The dual Crows club champion has confirmed his retirement at season’s end, but clings to hope it might end with recall to AFL ranks – maybe even a premiership.
“If fairytales happened, I would certainly put my hand up for it, that is for sure,” Thompson told reporters on Tuesday
The 34-year-old has played just one game this season, overlooked in Adelaide’s new-look midfield which has the Crows atop the ladder
But the 308-gamer has told his teammates: “I think we are capable as a group of chasing huge success not only this year but going forward,.
“And I said to ’em: don’t slacken off, because I’m right up your arse and I’ll take your spot if you don’t watch it.”
Thompson implored his Crows teammates, six points clear at the top of the table, to take their shot at the flag – he’s played in three losing preliminary finals.
“There’s three games I don’t want to remember but still stick in the mind,” he said.
“I spoke to the boys about that this morning, about doing whatever it takes to chase that ultimate success.
“I played in three losing prelim finals, 05, 06 and then in ’12 when I thought we had a team that was capable of going all the way and for whatever reason it didn’t happen.”
Thompson, who finished top 10 in Adelaide’s club champion award nine times in the past 11 years, has coaching ambitions.
But first, he has a season, and possible fairytale, to finish.
“I have got bigger things to fry with these boys throughout the back half of this year,” said Thompson, who in 2012 was an All Australian and third in the Brownlow medal.
“There’s six home and away games plus finals. And I’m certainly going to do everything I can to play a role in that.”