Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
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When leaving the Brisbane Broncos for the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the start of 2019, Wayne Bennett brought with him one of the NRL’s most intriguing prospects in Corey Allan.
The fullback caught the attention of many in late 2018 when he was selected to represent Australia in the Prime Minister’s XIII clash with Papua New Guinea before making his NRL debut, and scored a try in his side’s 34-18 victory.
He would find it difficult to consistently break into the Rabbitohs first grade squad as a result of the club’s depth in their back five, and when given the odd opportunity to prove his worth, Allan was not necessarily bad; however, he failed to impress enough to warrant a consistent first-grade place in the squad.
Things were looking bleak for Corey Allan at the Rabbitohs until injuries in the second half of 2020 saw him back in the starting side.
In eight appearances this season, the 22-year-old has scored four tries, assisted five, made six line breaks, and 16 tackle breaks.
His chemistry with former New South Wales five-eighth Cody Walker is also obvious, with the two coming together to pull off plays smoothly and effectively.
This year Corey Allan has proven he is in the very least an NRL caliber talent.
— South Sydney Rabbitohs 🐰 (@SSFCRABBITOHS) October 10, 2020
Unfortunately for the former Bronco, South Sydney has recently re-signed Alex Johnston which will make it hard for Allan to retain his current place in the team, especially with Latrell Mitchell back from injury next season.
Come November, Allan will be free to negotiate with other clubs, and considering his game time at the Rabbitohs will remain limited it is likely he’ll be open to external offers, making him one of the NRL’s hottest upcoming free agents.
A return to the Broncos would not be out of the realms of possibility, as the club are firmly in rebuild mode and Darius Boyd’s retirement opens up a position in the backline.
The Wests Tigers could also use someone who is primarily a fullback, Moses Mbye is more of a centre or a half, and in recent weeks Adam Douehi has proven a formidable centre.