Jersey’s director of coaching had to get his skates on when Allan was told that his old club still held his cup registration.
Burton quickly getting in touch with the RFU and sending over the release documents (Jersey did not enter the competition this year) meant that Allan, on a one-year pro contract, could take his place on the bench against Cambridge.
Albion won the fifth round match comfortably in the end, 37-8, but it was still tight when Allan made his bow at Brickfields 25 minutes from time.
The former Le Rocquier and Highlands student was delighted at the finish, particularly with boss Graham Dawe being happy with his contribution on a heavy surface, which included a couple of trademark big hits at inside centre.
Said Allan: ‘It’s come at a good time for me as I’m due to start talks with Plymouth about next season.
It’s nice to run out to a decent crowd and I really enjoyed the day although the conditions could hardly have been worse.’ With promotion to the Premiership now probably out of reach for the club following successive league defeats the door may now be open for more first team chances for the Siam Cup winner.