As two of Collingwood's finest talents look set to leave the AFL club, teammate Luke Ball has urged Dale Thomas and Heath Shaw to think carefully before making a final decision.

Midfielder Thomas appears likely to move to Carlton during the next month's trade period.

Shaw has been given permission to explore other options despite a year remaining on his contract following a costly finals brain fade.

Ball struggled with injury at St Kilda throughout 2009 and felt he wasn't in then-coach Ross Lyon's plans, prompting him to seek a move to Collingwood.

He won a premiership with the Magpies the next year - beating the Saints in the grand final replay.

Ball urged Thomas and Shaw not to rush their next move.

"I haven't spoken to him (Thomas) and Heath's in the same boat. They're guys who started at Collingwood at a really young age and have gone through tough little periods in their career," Ball told Melbourne radio station SEN on Thursday.

"My only advice to them is to have a good think about it - don't rush the decision.

"Do what's best for you and, once you make the decision, and the hardest part is making the decision, make sure you pour all your energy into moving forward and don't look back, as tough as it is."

Thomas, 26, missed much of the season with an ankle injury.

He has been heavily linked with a move to Carlton to join ex-Magpies coach Mick Malthouse.

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire said on Wednesday the Magpies would attempt to offload Shaw during the trade period if a suitable deal could be done.

Shaw lost his cool during Collingwood's elimination final loss to Port Adelaide on September 7, clashing twice with Angus Monfries.

The first incident led to a free-kick and goal for Port and Shaw later threw the ball in the face of Monfries, moments after the halftime siren.


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