Thomas's future under cloud

WESTERN Storm forward Darryn Thomas will know his football future tonight when he appears before the TSL tribunal.

Thomas faces the prospect of a lifetime ban if he is found guilty of a stomping charge emanating from Sunday's game against Launceston.

The 21-year-old has already had suspensions totalling 16 weeks and he faces possible de-registration under AFL rules.

Thomas was reported in the third quarter for allegedly stomping on Launceston opponent Tom Cleary after a marking contest.

After the incident was scrutinised by the match review panel yesterday it was decided Thomas would be required to appear before the TSL tribunal, which will meet in Launceston tonight.

Thomas will be represented by the Western Storm's player advocate Lindsey Hills, wife of senior coach Mitch Hills.

Mrs Hills has a legal background and is the club's official players' advocate.

Both Thomas and Cleary will be required to attend the tribunal hearing.

Thomas was recruited to the Western Storm from NTFA club Evandale and was playing his ninth senior game on Sunday.

If found guilty and suspended tonight the Western Storm will then be left to argue why Thomas is not banned for life under the AFL's rules for repeat offenders.

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