West Coast have fended off interest from cashed-up rivals to re-sign rising star Oscar Allen until the end of 2025.
Allen was already contracted until the end of next year, but he had been attracting huge interest from rival clubs after his standout performances this season.
The 22-year-old booted five goals against Collingwood in round five and four goals in the season-opener against Gold Coast, as well as spending time in the ruck and defence this season.
Brownlow medallist Gerard Healy has been so impressed by Allen’s work that he said the spearhead would have a value of around $1.2 million a season on the open market.
The Eagles were always confident of re-signing Allen, and they confirmed the news on Tuesday.
“It is great for me to have the security of a contract extension,” Allen said.
“I love the club and the playing group and want to be a part of what we aim to achieve in both the short and medium term. It means I can now fully concentrate on footy.
“Personally, to be able to tap into the knowledge of blokes like Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling and Jeremy McGovern has been great. I look forward to playing more football with them and learning even more.”
West Coast are still yet to announce their decision on Willie Rioli, but it’s widely expected the club will give him another chance.
Rioli’s future has been in limbo since he was caught with 24.23g of cannabis during a screening at Darwin airport on April 23.
He failed to inform the Eagles about the incident, with the club only finding out when contacted by a journalist just days before the court hearing.
The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to possession in a Darwin court, but he escaped conviction and was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.
Rioli’s two-year ban for twice substituting urine during an anti-doping test and testing positive to cannabis on game day is due to expire on August 20, and he is free to resume training from June 20.