WA football legend Peter Sumich has revealed he told Fremantle to draft Eagles young gun Oscar Allen back in 2017, but his advice fell on deaf ears.
Sumich, the former WA state under 18s coach who helped guide Allen through his draft year, said the young Eagle is now the future of West Coast and could one day become captain.
Allen today signed a new deal to stay with West Coast until the end of 2025, but he could have been wearing purple, according to Sumich.
“I had him in the state 18s,” Sumich said on Sportsday.
“I spoke to Fremantle about him and said: ‘Look boys, you’ve got pick two and five and I’d be taking him with one of those two. He might drift out to around 20, but I think he’s a really good player. Him or Aaron Naughton’.
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“They didn’t take either.”
The Dockers instead opted for midfield duo Andy Brayshaw and the in-demand Adam Cerra who is yet to re-commit to the club as Victorian interest looms.
Rockingham’s Naughton ended up as pick nine with the Western Bulldogs.
Sumich, who served as a Fremantle assistant coach, said he had been impressed with Allen’s ability both on and off the field before he approached the Dockers.
“He’s going to be a very good player,” Sumich said.
“He’s got leadership qualities that people probably don’t see.
“From what I seen at State 18s, he’s got leadership qualities written all over him.
“You could see him being captain one day.”
Allen ended up going to West Coast with pick 21 in the 2017 Draft and has since played 48 games for the Eagles, kicking 58 goals.
Rival clubs had reportedly been prepared to pay Allen $850,000 a season, with AFL commentator Gerard Healy believing the young Eagle could be worth as much as $1.2 million per year.