You can tell it is a slow news week for the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition when one of the main stories on the week is that Allen Christensen’s solid return this season after losing the previous two campaign to a seemingly endless list of collarbone injuries has resulted in his receiving an extension that will keep the 27-year-old at Brisbane through the end of 2019.
What is the proper word in this situation?
Congratulations or condolences.
Warning to St. Kilda: Your 16th spot on the ladder might soon be in serious jeopardy.
Christensen did not sit idly while he was out. He represented the Lions in programs that contributed to the welfare of indigenous peoples and he gained some experience of the game from the coach’s perspective working with the panel for Brisbane’ NEAFL side.
Rather than sulk and bemoan his bad fortune, his cheerfulness in the face of adversity resulted in his being elevated to the Lion’s leadership group.
“I’m very excited to sign on for another stay at the club, I’ve really enjoyed my time here,” Christensen told The Courier Mail.
He has been solid in a place where solidity is not an assumed property and he viewed his travails with a maturity belying his tender age.
“I’ve obviously had my ups and downs through injury but to be back out there again, I’m loving it. The coaches and all the people around me have been really supportive so I’m excited to keep building on my form. To be part of this leadership group is a privilege and I’m looking forward to taking this club into the direction it wants to go in.”
One can only wonder about the unspoken thoughts in the head of a player who played for the Geelong Cats when that club took the flag in 2011, but it might be safe to assume that those thoughts were not entirely dissimilar to those of Gary Ablett, who accepted the same sort of exile when he chased the money and suffered for the Suns.