Footballer Darryn Thomas fails to appear for assault sentencing

A PROMINENT Tasmanian Australian Rules player has failed to appear in court to be sentenced over an assault.

Western Storm's Darryn Adam Thomas, 21, pleaded guilty to the assault in July.

The court heard a drunk Thomas punched a man in the head after asking the victim if he was gay.

Sentence was delayed to allow Thomas to start complying with community service orders from a prior incident.

Yesterday magistrate Reg Marron told Thomas's lawyer, Mark Doyle, that he'd warned his client that anything less than a glowing report from Community Corrections would land the footballer in jail.

"This is a pretty nasty matter," he said.

The matter was adjourned to September 12 with an arrest warrant to be activated if Thomas fails to appear.