LINDSAY Thomas says he is working hard to completely eradicate staging for free kicks out of his game after coach Brad Scott said it was damaging the forward’s reputation.
Thomas was guilty of diving for a free kick against Geelong earlier this month, which drew the wrath of Scott in the post-match press conference.
The coach said that while Thomas was comparable to other talented small forwards in the competition, he was being let down by the perception he was a perennial stager.
Thomas, on the eve of his 150th-game milestone, said he had taken Scott's comments on board and was intent on removing that aspect from his game.
"It's something I don't really want to be remembered as when I retire," Thomas said on Friday.
"I spoke to Brad and the players and it's something I have to cut out of my game.
"I'm working extremely hard to do that. I had a conversation with Brad and moved on pretty quickly from it.
"Everyone's going to have their opinions and Brad's is the one that matters to me the most.
"He rang me up and we had a brief chat and he told me what I had to work on and I'm just going to work hard to get it out of my game."
While it's not the first time Thomas has been targeted for this kind of on-field behaviour, he believes he has made in-roads in reducing how often he does it.
"I'm working hard at it and I've improved from two or three years ago," he said.
"I think I've cut it out of my game but not completely and I want to cut it out of my game completely.
"I'm not the only player in the AFL that does it - everyone does it - but I suppose I crossed the line a bit and Brad didn't like it so he voiced his opinion. I took it on board and we'll go from there."