Allen Christensen has officially joined the Brisbane Lions after requesting a trade last week.
Geelong Cats midfielder Allen Christensen has joined the Brisbane Lions.
The Lions acquired the 23-year-old in return for pick no.21 in the AFL draft which the club received from Greater Western Sydney in return for defender Joel Patfull.
Christensen last week requested a trade to a Queensland-based club for non-football reasons.
Lions talent acquisition and retention manager Peter Schwab said the 2011 premiership winner was a valuable addition to the club.
“Allen is a fantastic player who brings some good finals experience to our young list. He offers a great injection of pace into our side and will be a valuable addition,” Schwab said.
“Allen expressed his desire to relocate to Queensland and so we worked together with Geelong to achieve a suitable outcome for both Clubs.
“Leppa (coach Justin Leppitsch) spoke at the end of the season about a desire to recruit A-grade talent to our football Club, and that is exactly what Allen is.”
Geelong general football manager Neil Balme said the club was accepting of Christensen’s situation.
“There were many things involved with Allen’s situation and we just had to help him as much as possible.” Balme said.
“The club is thankful for Allen’s contribution during his five years at the Cats including his part in the 2011 premiership side.”