James Allan (Australian footballer)
|Full name||James Allan|
|Date of birth||17 January 1985|
|Original team||Lara Football Club|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2012 season.
James Allan (born 17 January 1985 in Victoria) is an Australian rules football player who currently plays for the North Adelaide Roosters in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). Allan is a three time winner of the league's highest individual honor, the Magarey Medal (2007, 2010 and 2011) making his record equal to that of fellow Roosters legend Barrie Robran and one less than Port Adelaide legend Russell Ebert.
Allan was recruited to the Roosters from his home in Lara, Victoria for the 2007 season and became an instant star for the club. After making his league debut against Central District in round 1 of the 2007 season Allan went on to win the first of his three Magarey Medals. He dominated the media awards for the season winning the The Advertiser and Football Budget Player of the Year and won selection in The Advertiser 's Team of the Year. He also won North Adelaide's best and fairest award for the first of five consecutive times.
North's form for 2007 rose with the arrival of Allan and they played in their first Grand Final since their 1991 premiership. Central District were too good for the Roosters, North going down by 65 points, 5.12 (42) to 16.11 (107).
Allan continued to take the SANFL by storm, further dominating league, media and club awards. He would add the 2010 and 2011 Magarey Medals to his 2007 win and would be selected to every Advertiser Team of the Year since his debut as well as five consecutive Football Budget Player of the Year awards from 2007–2011.
As of the end of the 2011 season James Allan is second only to Barrie Robran in both Magarey Medal wins and North Adelaide best and fairest awards. Allan has won five best and fairest awards for the Roosters (2007–11) while Robran won eight during his stellar career (1967–73 and 1976).
On September 5, 2012 it was announced that Allan would end his career with North Adelaide at the end of the season and return to his native Victoria in 2013.
In mid-November 2013, the North Adelaide Football Club announced that Allan was returning to take up a teaching position in Adelaide and would rejoin the club as a player for the 2014 season.
Unfortunately for North Adelaide fans it seems that Allan will not be playing for the club in 2014, due to salary cap issues he could not come to terms with the club and has announced he will play for rival club Norwood.