The left winger joined Pools during the January 2016 transfer window after a deal was struck with League Two rivals Mansfield Town.
Blessed with explosive pace and a powerful left foot, Thomas quickly became a favourite at Victoria Park, setting up the winning goal for Scott Fenwick on his debut.
Thomas had first come to then-boss Ronnie Moore’s attention when Pools made the trip to Mansfield in November 2015 – a game in which Thomas was practically unplayable and contributed hugely to The Stags’ 3-1 win.
The wide man enjoyed a good run in the side and found his best form upon the arrival of new boss Craig Hignett, scoring five times in the last couple of months of last term and helping Pools record five straight wins.
Having spent times during his youth with both Newcastle United and Sunderland, Thomas gained senior experience during a loan spell with Darlington before turning down a new Black Cats deal in 2013 to join Plymouth Argyle.
He went on to make 24 appearances for The Pilgrims, during which he scored his first professional goal – ironically, in Argyle’s win over Pools at Home Park in November 2014.
After a brief stint north of the border with Motherwell in 2015, Thomas returned to England to join Mansfield but struggled to settle and was delighted to seal a move back to the north-east with Pools.