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Allan quits Lions for Western Sydney

15/02/2010 04:40:53 PM Comments (0)

Western Sydney have continued to add AFL premiership experience to their off-field staff, snaring Brisbane football manager Graeme Allan.

Allan's 11 years with the Lions included their 2001-03 triple-premiership run and he previously spent 11 years in the same role at Collingwood, including their drought-breaking 1990 premiership.

He joins four-time Essendon premiership coach Kevin Sheedy, the club's inaugural head coach, while ex-Geelong dual premiership captain Tom Harley is on board as a consultant.

Allan was contracted to the Lions for this season, but Brisbane have agreed to immediately release him to Western Sydney, who are due to join the AFL in 2012.

AFL development manager David Matthews said Allan's mix of administrative experience and recruiting knowledge made him the perfect fit for a club in its formative years.

"Allan is an astute football administrator who has been involved in building four premiership sides with Collingwood and Brisbane and knows well the challenges of building support in a competitive market," Matthews said.

Allan said he was attracted by the chance to help build a club from the ground up.

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