Veteran says he still has a few more good years left in him.
Mat Thomas says the last three weeks should give Richmond Tigers fans hope they can become a force in the AFL finals from 2015 onwards.
Richmond has rocketed back into calculations for this year’s post-season thanks to excellent wins over St Kilda, Brisbane but more importantly Port Adelaide.
Thomas says he is not sure if he is returning to the club but offered the board his services, believing he still has plenty to offer the club.
“We haven’t spoken as yet, but I feel as if I still have a few years of good footy ahead of me,” Thomas said ahead of his return to the Richmond side against West Coast.
“If you look at my averages this season and stuff like that, I’m probably playing some of my best footy.
“I have got a role at the Tigers and as long as they will have me, I would love to stay around for a few more years.”
Thomas, 27, missed the past two games due to an Achilles injury, but is back for the clash at Patersons Stadium.
“It’s a massive game,” Thomas said. “(West Coast) are four points above us on the ladder and this is a great chance for us to draw level with them.
“Over the last few weeks, we’ve shown we can get a big scalp like Port Adelaide and hopefully there are a few more to come.
“We’ve got a fantastic list and we feel as if we have some good depth as well.
“I haven’t tasted finals and that’s something I really want to be a part of. I was at Port Adelaide in 2007 when they got pantsed by Geelong. I was injured out at the time.
“But I definitely believe finals is on the cards for Richmond next year.”