West Coast star Oscar Allen has revealed a burning desire to do the right thing by his club was one of the key reasons he re-signed with the Eagles this week instead of holding out until later in the season.
Allen ignored overtures from other clubs and signed to remain at the Eagles until 2025. The 22-year-old has kicked 20 goals this season, including a bag of five majors against Collingwood last month.
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Allen’s price could have soared even further with more big games in the second half of the season but the 22-year-old said he would have felt guilty making the Eagles wait for his signature.
“I was pretty keen to get it over and done with,” he said.
“Obviously the longer you wait the more that’s going to be written about it. Personally, I felt like I was in a pretty good position to re-sign and the club put a lot of faith in me and were willing to re-sign me. I didn’t want to disrespect that.
“It was pretty much always Eagles. I grew up in Perth and have loved the club.
“Ever since I was a kid, all I ever wanted to do was play for the Eagles long term. To be able to achieve that goal has been unbelievable.
Allen turned to Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy for advice during negotiations. He said having a mentor who had also experienced the challenge of expectation at a young age had made his decision easier.
“Playing a similar position to him, and I suppose we probably had a similar start to our careers,” Allen said.
“He didn’t play a lot early at Carlton and obviously he was under a lot of pressure, probably more pressure than I can understand when he came over here. He handled it really, really well so he’s someone I can look up to because he’s been through all of the highs and lows of AFL footy.”