All that has been put on hold, but Thomas is not too concerned.
An encounter with a sick child – coincidentally on Thomas’ 28th birthday, May 9 – forced him to consider the essential truths of life.
It put any frustration and discomfort he was feeling into perspective.
Thomas went to see a young boy as part of a Starlight Foundation charity initiative to bring cheer and joy to seriously ill children. The youngster had just come out of hospital after having chemotherapy to treat his cancer.
“That was pretty special, to have the ability to make someone’s day or bring happiness to them,” Thomas said.
“It was a young boy who had just finished major treatment at hospital and it was his first day coming home and it put a lot of perspective into things.
“He had just finished his chemotherapy treatment, he had a shaved head. He was a big Victory fan, a big soccer fan. It was a chance to celebrate with him. It was my birthday, we had a laugh together.
“We had a little fun, a little chat, a kick around with the ball at his place.
“After a visit like that, you go home and think, ‘jeez there are a lot bigger things in the world going on, that people are going through a lot tougher times’. Not just him but his parents, too.”
As a result, Thomas says, he can see that while his professional career is important it is just one part of life’s mix.
“Sometimes you might get caught in your bubble … football has gone for a bit, but it really makes you take a step back and say hold on and ask yourself, ‘what’s the worst that can really happen here? A few months off, or you take a pay cut or something. There’s a lot bigger things going on. You are playing football for a living, so calm down.
“It was an important lesson. If the whole football world stops, if the income stops, I have got a family to go back to in Sydney, that’s the worse case. I am not on the streets, I wouldn’t have a bad disease, my life would not be under threat.”
That said, Thomas, like all his Victory teammates, is anxious to return to action when it is safe to do so.
While Victory would struggle to make the finals given their poor season to date, the main driver of performance will be professional pride.
“We would need to win every game and we would be looking for other teams to drop points, but I think from our side, it’s just the standard when we come back that is important,” Thomas said.
“We want to get back to where we want to be, to finish the last four or five games at a certain level, and it needs to be better than it was before the break.”
Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief soccer reporter and also reports on motor sport and horseracing