Hugh Greenwood had a profound impact in his first season with the Gold Coast SUNS.
The 28-year-old joined the club from Adelaide in the off-season and was injected straight into Gold Coast’s midfield, thriving in his first season as a full-time inside midfielder.
His bigger body gave the SUNS a different dynamic in the centre and his defensive mindset provided great balance for the group.
Greenwood was a tackling beast in 2020, piecing together a whopping five games with double-digit tackles on the stats sheet.
A fourth-placed finish in Gold Coast’s Club Champion was a worthy reward for Greenwood who finished the year ranked elite in 12 different statistical categories.
Stat that matters:
There’s plenty to choose from. Perhaps the most significant is how Greenwood led the AFL in tackles by a significant margin. Greenwood racked up 117 tackles for the season, 23 more than his next-best rival with 94. The 28-year-old also ranked second in the AFL in pressure acts, third in clearances and fourth in contested possessions.
Greenwood was voted by the coaches as best on ground in the Round 7 win over Sydney. He had 23 disposals, with 18 of those contested, nine clearances and 12 tackles to be an absolute standout on the day.
Moment of the season:
Playing his first game for the club in Round 1 would have been a highlight, but perhaps his favourite moment was sharing a Powerade shower with his teammates after the club’s first win in Round 2 after an extended layoff.
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