Reluctantly Thunder announce the departure of their captain Tom Carlon, Tom played his last game in the 2-3 loss at home to Raiders on Sunday 21st October having made the decision over two weeks ago. We thank him for being an absolute professional and playing the games during his two week notice period.
At the end of last season TC felt he hadn’t contributed as he had hoped throughout the season and came into this season with the drive to get back to the explosive player he was in the EPL, however with the pressure of an increased fixture burden, the time spent away from his young family and a shoulder injury that has never had time to properly heal post surgery, Tom wasn’t enjoying his hockey and continued to feel he wasn’t contributing as he’d hoped and expected of himself, he has therefore decided to call it a day, a decision coach Lewis Clifford and GM Dave Fairhurst, although saddened, fully understand and respect.
Cliff had this to say “I could see that TC wasn’t enjoying playing, I have tried to make changes to benefit both him and the team but I wasn’t able to make him want to stay. We spoke several times over the last few weeks to see what we collectively could do to improve things, but in the end TC decided he really needed to stop playing for his own health and happiness.” “I’m gutted to have lost my captain and a player of his quality, but TC needs to do what’s best for him and his family and I respect that, I would never guilt someone into playing for me, no matter how big a role they play on the team, so reluctantly I had to accept his resignation.”
Dave echoed those sentiments adding “Thunder were lucky to have had TC on the team, even if this season hasn’t worked out. He’s a great guy, honest and professional. Everyone associated with the team thanks him for all he’s done for us over the last 14 months. Good luck in the future TC!”