Eagles wrap arms around vilified Ryan

“Liam’s a really good family man and a great person, so it’s really sad he has to deal with anything like that,” Allen said.

“Any form of racial vilification is taking it too far. I don’t think it should matter if it’s towards the child or him.

“He’s in good spirits. He was disappointed, but he’s pretty thick skinned. He’s been through a lot in his life.

“Probably educating people is a big thing. I don’t want it to happen. We love Liam, we love all of our Indigenous players. They’re a great part of our culture here.”

Star recruit Tim Kelly got his first taste of life as an Eagles player when he joined the club’s first-to-fourth year players at training on Monday.


Kelly will join a star-studded midfield featuring Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff, Elliot Yeo, Dom Sheed, and Jack Redden in season 2020.

The former Cats ace is already a star of the AFL but Allen said it was too hard to quantify how much Kelly’s arrival will boost West Coast’s premiership hopes.

“One thing we’re big on is playing our roles,” Allen said.

“Tim’s an excellent user of the ball. All of our midfielders are – Luke Shuey, Jack Redden, Elliot Yeo – they all use the ball well and look after us.

“I’m just excited to have him out there. He just seems like a ripping bloke, so can’t wait to get to know him more off field as well.”

Allen played 21 games last season but missed the finals due to fitness and form.

The 20-year-old swingman battled a knee injury towards the tail-end of last season, and was forced to undergo surgery after the Eagles lost their semi-final clash to Geelong.

Allen now stands at 194cm – up from 191cm two years ago – and said he is focusing on adding on more weight.


Most Viewed in Sport



Related posts

Make a comment