He’s a dual premiership player with 176 AFL games on his record, but new SUNS recruit Brandon Ellis is as hungry as ever in 2020.
After eight years at Richmond, Ellis crossed to the SUNS at the end of last year and knows what it takes to build your way to the top.
Part of the formula is developing top-end talent, and Ellis has liked what he’s seen so far in his time on the Gold Coast.
“We’ve just got so much talent here,” he said.
“We’ve got so many high draft picks that have been injured and haven’t really been bled yet in the AFL system.
“Everyone is fit and firing at the moment so hopefully we’ll get to see that young talent come through this season.”
Ellis suddenly finds himself as one of the SUNS’ most seasoned players, and says he hopes he can impart his experience onto the group.
“Our list is pretty young,” Ellis said.
“I think I’ve played the second-most games here at the club and I’m 26 so I’m still pretty young.
“I just want to bring my experience from what I’ve learnt in the last eight years at Richmond and obviously the last three years winning two premierships.
“I want to bring a bit of fun up here as well.”
In the three months he’s been at the club the winger has already made an impact.
He’s a larrikin amongst the group and doesn’t mind trading banter with his teammates, which is a result of how comfortable he’s been made to feel in his new environment.
“Everyone’s been fantastic,” he said.
“The boys have made the transition as easy as possible – I didn’t think it would be this easy.
“They’ve welcomed me with open arms and I’m absolutely loving it.
“I think there’s some really good signs in the group and I think it’s going to be an exciting year for the SUNS.