South Sydney legend Craig Coleman calls on the Rabbitohs to retain star back Corey Allan amid release reports
November 4, 2020 12:27pm
South Sydney fans blew up when they heard that Alex Johnston could leave. Now a club legend wants the same treatment for Corey Allan.
South Sydney legend Craig Coleman has called on the Rabbitohs to retain Corey Allan amid reports the club is considering releasing the rising outside back.
Allan is contracted until the end of 2021, but Souths may release him with marquee man Latrell Mitchell to return from his hamstring injury and play fullback.
Mitchell is also in line for a contract upgrade, heaping cap pressure on the club.
This has left the Rabbitohs with the difficult decision of allowing Allan to leave so he can play fullback at a rival team.
Souths are also stacked in the backline with the likes of Alex Johnston, Dane Gagai, Campbell Graham and Jaxson Paulo.
This could force Allan to depart the Rabbitohs to lock down a starting position at another club, which would be disappointing given his form this season.
He scored five tries in his 10 games for Souths in 2020, six of those games at fullback following Mitchell’s season-ending hamstring injury.
Coleman believes Allan would benefit from at least another season at Souths under the coaching of master mentor Wayne Bennett.
“Corey came into his own towards the end of the season and he improved at a rapid rate under Wayne,” said Coleman, who played 208 games for Souths and coached another 72 games at Redfern.
“He had a good season when Latrell got injured, but it (releases) is the way rugby league works with the salary cap.
“That is the bad part of league I believe because Corey was really good last season and I’d like to see him stay at the club.”
Coleman’s plea comes as Souths CEO Blake Solly has left the door open for the Rabbitohs to keep Allan long term.
Solly was open to retaining Allan when asked if the Brisbane-born back was receiving a release despite having a year to run on his contract.
“Not at this stage regarding Corey,” Solly said.
“He is contracted for 2021. The guys are in Origin or on a break and we want them to be able to concentrate on Origin or enjoy time with their families.
“We’ll chat to (Corey) when he returns.”