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As the 2015 National Draft neared its conclusion in November, most people assumed West Coast would pass on its final selection of the meet.
Having bolstered its midfield and backline stocks with three quality players in Luke Partington, Tom Cole and Kurt Mutimer, the Eagles‚Äô recruiting staff waited with bated breath to see if a quality forward might slip through the cracks.
West Coast‚Äôs diamond in the rough was none other than Matthew Allen, an imposing 193cm, 88kg Mt Gambier native who fits the mould of a modern forward: strong, mobile and clean with the footy.
The former Glenelg star says his adjustment to the ‚Äėbig time‚Äô had gone smoothly, but that didn‚Äôt mean it wasn‚Äôt without its challenges.
‚ÄúFooty is a fulltime job now,‚ÄĚ Allen said.
‚ÄúThe physical demands are trying; you are always doing something and on the big days especially you are training in the morning, have a bit of a break during the day, and then you are back doing some more work later. We have got great coaches and support to get us through. I‚Äôm absolutely loving it.‚ÄĚ
Teammates Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling have been playing the role of big brother to Allen since his arrival at West Coast headquarters, regularly pulling the 18-year-old aside at training to offer their support or a pearl of wisdom.
Allen said while he needed more muscle to tussle with the duo, he was slowly learning their tricks of the trade to combat the competition‚Äôs best defenders.
‚ÄúThe way they understand the game and read the game is incredible,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúThat will come as I better understand the game plan. It‚Äôs not just understanding it, but applying it and consistently getting it right. That‚Äôs something I aspire to do.‚ÄĚ
While Allen would love to debut in the blue and gold this season, he is taking his development one step and one session at a time.
‚ÄúI want to stay on the park all year and avoid getting injured,‚ÄĚ Allen said.
‚ÄúAs long as I can do that I‚Äôll be out on the training paddock and will give myself a chance to play my best footy.‚ÄĚ