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Matthew Allen
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DOB
18/10/97
Height
193cm
Weight
72 kg
Junior club
Glenelg/North Gambier JFC
Arrived
Pick 62 in the 2015 national draft
Number
Debut
Yet to debut
Other clubs
Glenelg (SANFL) 2015
East Perth (WAFL) 2016-

Lightly-framed South Australian key position player Matthew Allen was West Coast's final pick in the 2015 national draft.

West Coast careerEdit

Hailing from North Gambier, the left-footed Allen was described on being drafted as having a safe pair of hands and the ability to regularly win one-on-one contests.

The key forward spent his rookie season pressing for senior WAFL selection, playing 10 senior games before returning to East Perth's reserves side for their finals campaign that ended with a Grand Final loss. The club gave him a show of faith during the year, adding a third year to his initial contract.

Unfortunately for Allen, his second year was a virtual write-off after he missed the first month with a hamstring injury, then managed just two senior WAFL games before succumbing to a stress fracture in the foot. Promisingly however, those two games both yielded a three-goal haul for the young South Australian.

Given a clear run in the first half of 2018, Allen showed strong form up forward for the Royals and was selected as an emergency on a couple of occasions. He added another string to his bow in the second half of the season, showing he could also play as a big-bodied midfielder, and was a joint winner of East Perth's best and fairest (with Luke Partington and Patrick McGinnity, but was still unable to force his way into the AFL side.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2016 0 EP 10 10 8 61 41 29 90 10
2017 0 2 6 1 18 16 7 25 5
2018 0 17 17 11 172 92 108 280 51

NewsEdit

24/11/15: Midfielder heads all-interstate draft crop

27/5/16: Draftee forward signs on for third season

20/6/17: Allen, Tunbridge suffer injury setbacks

ReferencesEdit

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/6462