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Allen extends at Eagles



West Coast Eagles young gun Oscar Allen will remain at the club until at least the end of 2025, the key forward signing a three year contract extension announced on Tuesday.


The 22 year old, who grew up a West Coast supporter before being drafted by the club with pick 21 in the 2017 National Draft from West Perth has played 48 games in blue and gold, kicking 58 goals since his debut in 2018.


While playing primarily as a forward Allen has shown his versatility by being able to play as a key defender and even as a back up ruckman, standing at 194 cm.


Allen is one of the most exciting young key position prospects in the competition, part of a three pronged West Coast forward set up that includes All Australian forwards Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling.


With Kennedy in the twilight of an outstanding career Allen is set to take on a more pivotal role inside forward 50 for the Eagles in the coming years, many tipping him to become a future captain of the club.


“Oscar is an exciting young player and we are delighted that he has extended his contract for an additional three seasons,” Eagles List Manager Rohan O’Brien said.


“He was already contracted to the end of 2022 and having him commit further was a priority.


“Everyone has seen what he brings on game day, but we also value Oscar as an emerging leader. He is a mature 22-year-old who has great respect across the club.”


Allen, who has kicked 20 goals so far in season 2021 having played every game was pleased to have his immediate playing future with the club locked away.


“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.


Allen is the latest Eagle to re-sign after Brad Sheppard, Jackson Nelson, Callum Jamieson and Zane Trew also put pen to paper last month.


Premiership defender Liam Duggan is expected to re-sign with the club, telling Sports Breakfast the club and his management are in talks for the native Victorian to stay beyond the end of his current contract in 2021.


“We’re in a pretty good position with the club, me and my management are happy," Duggan said on May 16th.


“We are just working through the finer details and hopefully it’s not long before I sign on. It’s something that should happen in the near future."


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