Leagues: Under 18s Championships, WAFL Colts
SNAPSHOT: “A dual sided and big bodied player, Allan has made the most of his limited exposure in 2022 to show off high-end athleticism and versatility.”
The son of former Hawthorn best and fairest winner and premiership player Ben Allan, Ed is narrowly ineligible for father-son selection, much to the joy of 17 other AFL clubs. He managed only six games in 2022 across WAFL Colts and state level as a result of injuries sustained to his lower back, but the numbers and performances he put in across those games have been enough to have clubs sniffing.
Averaging a tick over 25 disposals per game, with nearly six marks to go with that, Allan has impressed doing the hard grunt work in the guts, and starring as a winger on the outside. Compounding his performances this season are his results in the recent National Draft Combine, where he found himself atop the charts for the 20-metre sprint, clocking in at 2.814 seconds, a mere .06 seconds off of the best ever time recorded in 2010.
Allan struggled for exposure in 2022, but did the most with the very limited opportunities he had. Across five WAFL Colts games, he remained consistent, never finishing below 20 touches in a single game while playing on the wing and in the guts.
He played an integral role through the middle of the ground in his games for Claremont, racking up the around the ground clearances week in, week out. Though, many of his clearances were kicks thrown on the boot quickly to try get the ball out of the pack, perhaps a sign of his work usually being applied in a more uncontested role on the wing or behind the ball.
He proved himself to be an option across many areas of the ground, highlighted best in a 27-disposal, one-goal game against Perth where he found himself playing a more defensive role at times later in the game.
Allan's best work though, remains on the wing as an outside runner. He utilises his endurance and acceleration to break away from opponents and create space and time for himself to take a more measured approach to disposing of the footy.
His ability to comfortably dispose of the ball on either foot, and obvious upside at 194cm would make him a tantalising midfield prospect for clubs in this year’s draft. He has shown glimpses of promise on the ball, and his ceiling is extremely high.
Making the most of the recent National Combine, he topped the charts for the 20-metre sprint and found himself in the top five for the agility testing. His versatility and ability to play on the outside works in his favour to potentially be the type of player a club could pick up and find a spot for in their best 22 early in his career.
DRAFT RANGE: 25-40
Clubs may come calling for Allan as early as the first round after his late-season and combine feats, especially given the expansive upside he has shown. While there are certainly improvements to be made in his contested game and disposal under pressure, the athletic profile and versatility Allan offers at 194cm is difficult to look past when crystal-balling prospects around a similar range. Expect him to be highly sought-after.
Under 18s Championships