(born 14 March 1983) is an Australian rules footballer
in the Australian Football League
He was drafted by Melbourne
with the 16th selection in the 2000 AFL Draft
from Port Adelaide
in the SANFL
. Debuting with the Melbourne in 2001 as a 19-year-old, he struggled to break through into the side. He only played 27 games in his first three seasons, until 2004 when he only missed one game in the first half of the season before breaking his foot in round 13 and missing the remainder of the year.
At the end of the 2004 season Thompson asked to return to South Australia and Adelaide
was able to complete a trade, exchanging their first round draft selection
, (number 12 overall). He missed the first game of the 2005 season but played every game from then on for Adelaide, kicking 27 goals for the year. Thompson continued to improve and by 2007 was arguably one of the elite players in the AFL, averaging almost 25 disposals and 6 marks per game and polling 18 votes in the 2007 Brownlow Medal
to finish equal 7th.
Thompson played every game in 2008
and really stepped up to becoming an elite midfielder, finishing third in the Malcolm Blight Medal
(Adelaide best and fairest) and for the second year in a row... Read More