Local product Oscar Allen was West Coast's second selection in the 2017 draft.
West Coast careerEdit
A mobile mid-sized forward in the mold of fellow West Perth junior Jack Darling, Allen leapt into first-round calculation after a superb Under-18 campaign in which he won the Larke Medal and All-Australian selection. West Coast, the side he supported growing up, pounced when he was overlooked in the top 20 selections.
After a delayed start to 2018 due to a leg injury, Allen was trialled in the backline with East Perth. He showed strong form with the Royals and was given a midseason debut against the Giants, partnering Will Schofield in defence, but despite a positive outing made way the following week when a host of stars returned. Allen shifted to attack with the Royals and again impressed, making a second AFL appearance in the final game of the regular season as a forward. He was again squeezed out when Josh Kennedy returned for the finals, and was an emergency throughout the victorious finals campaign.
Following a strong pre-season and with a number of the premiership forwards unavailable, Allen was given an opportunity early in the 2019 season and performed well, playing 21 games for the season in a number of roles including backup ruck. He received a Rising Star nomination late in the year, but missed the first final due to knee soreness and could not force his way back into the side.
24/11/17: Eagles go tall with early draft picks
9/4/19: Allen signs contract extension
- ↑ Adam Curley, afl.com.au (25 November 2017), "Eagles fan Oscar a winner at second chance": http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-11-25/eagles-fan-oscar-a-winner-at-second-chance
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