Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas has called for the club's players, staff, members and fans to support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the longest-serving players on the roster, Thomas knows all about the power of the Victory, and wider football, community.
“We have great support in the Victory family, and I hope everyone is staying safe,” Thomas said.
“It’s very difficult at the moment with people losing their jobs, we’re a family here and I hope we all stick together.
“We have to keep communicating with each other and help each other anyway possible to get through this.”
With the squad's 14-day self-isolation period following the trip to Wellington in mid-March now over, Thomas revealed how he kept his mind and body sharp while his goalkeeping gloves were on the shelf.
At one point the 27-year-old decided to pick up a brush and try his hand at painting, and while he admits his foray into the arts was short-lived, he did channel his energy into racking up some serious kilometres on an exercise bike.
“We’re lucky at Victory, we have the best people to help us out through this situation.
“The club brought around an exercise bike which has been the main source of my fitness at the moment.
“The gym bike and body weight exercises have been the main thing, but from now on I’ll be able to go for a few runs.”
WATCH: Get involved with the #OurVictory hashtag
Thomas was part of a video message the players shared encouraging the Victory's supporters to stay home, but stay connected via the club’s social media platforms.
The 27-year-old called for fans to post their favourites photos, memories and videos using the #OurVictory hashtag.
“I really miss the atmosphere of game-day.”
“A big part of our job is bringing happiness to people, and to not be able to perform in front of our fans is a big thing, but that will resume in due course.”
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