PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Dale Thomas of the Blues looks to pass the ball during the round 21 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Carlton Blues at Optus Stadium on August 12, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Carlton veteran Dale Thomas has re-signed with the Blues for a further year.

The 31-year-old put pen to paper on a new deal that will tie him to the club until the end of 2019.

Thomas averaged 22.5 disposals, seven marks and three rebound 50s per game in 2018, whilst predominately playing in defence.

The 2011 All-Australian said he was delighted to continue his career at the Blues.

“Earlier this year, I sat back and realised that footy was the one thing I really loved to do and realised it was a privilege to play week in and week out, so I tried to make the most of that mindset and I found this year really refreshing on-field despite the results not going our way,” Thomas told Carlton Media.

“There’s a lot of enjoyment from seeing the younger guys get better because that makes us get better as well. It’s just part of the evolution of a player. The more you play, the more you have a responsibility to pass on and we have a great group of young players here at the Blues so I’m rapt to be staying on because I love this club and it could all click really quickly and I want to be part of it.”

Originally recruited by Collingwood with pick two in the 2005 National Draft, Thomas played 157 games and kicked 121 goals for the Magpies.

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Thomas starred in the Magpies’ 2010 premiership team and was part of the 2011 All-Australian team.

At the end of the 2013 season, Thomas departed the Magpies and reunited with former mentor Mick Malthouse at the Blues.

Thomas has played 81 of a possible 110 games since crossing to the Blues.