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Wayne Thomas
Personal information
Full name Wayne Junior Robert Thomas
Date of birth 17 May 1979 (1979-05-17) (age 30)
Place of birth Gloucester, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Southampton
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 Torquay United 102 (5)
2000–2005 Stoke City 189 (7)
2005–2007 Burnley 50 (1)
2007– Southampton 40 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:06, 4 January 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Wayne Junior Robert Thomas (born 17 May 1979) is an English professional footballer. He can line up both in the centre of defence and at right-back and is currently playing for Southampton.

Playing career

Thomas was born in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, and began his career playing for Torquay United. He would go on to make over one hundred league appearances for them, and one season managed to be ever-present, starting all forty-four league games. His performances soon brought attention from larger clubs, with Stoke City, then in the Second Division, winning the race for his signature in the summer of 2000, paying a transfer fee of £200,000.

He proved to be an astute signing by Gudjon Thordarson and in the 2001–02 season helped Stoke achieve promotion through the play-offs with a 2–0 win at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff against Brentford. Despite the promotion, Thordarson was sacked and replaced by Steve Cotterill. Cotterill was manager for just six months before he resigned amidst much controversy to become assistant manager at Sunderland.

After a short spell under the caretaker manager Dave Kevan, Tony Pulis would become the new manager of Stoke. Thomas' career would flourish under Pulis and so, with his contract running out in the summer of 2005, several Championship clubs were looking to sign the powerful defender on a Bosman transfer. The race was eventually won by Cotterill, then managing Burnley after Cotterill flew out to Thomas' holiday home in Florida to persuade him.

His first season as a Burnley player was an unsuccessful one, as he was hit with two serious injuries; first tearing his knee ligaments and then, after a surprisingly quick recovery, breaking his second metatarsal bone. This second injury ended his season. He scored his first and what turned out to be only goal for Burnley against Coventry City on 13 August 2005.[1] Thomas was made club captain when the 2006–07 season kicked off.

Thomas had a difficult start to the season, being deemed at least partially at fault for some goals conceded and being sent off twice before the end of September, however Cotterill showed faith in Thomas by retaining him as captain on his return from suspension. Although his form improved, he was replaced as captain in February 2007 by recent signing Steven Caldwell.

In July 2007, The News of the World reported that Coventry City manager Iain Dowie was to make an improved bid for the defender after having an initial £200,000 offer turned down by Burnley. Then in August 2007, Thomas signed for Southampton in a £1.2 million deal.[2] He made his debut in Southampton's 2–1 away defeat to Norwich City. He scored his first goal for Southampton against Charlton in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on 11 November 2009. That was his first goal in over four years.[3] He then scored with a 20 yard half-volley in a 2-1 FA Cup victory over Ipswich Town.[4]

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Preceded by
Frank Sinclair
Burnley F.C. captain
2006-2007
Succeeded by
Steven Caldwell
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