In his first season with the Gold Coast SUNS, Brandon Ellis played all but one game to finish fifth in the Club Champion for 2020.
Taking over a permanent wing position for the club after crossing from Richmond, Ellis was one of the club’s most consistent players.
He filled a need for the SUNS in the midfield, with his elite run and endurance proving valuable this season.
Ellis finished the year as the club’s best distance runner, averaging 12.2km covered per game in 2020.
His strong work-rate allowed him to float back defensively to help out the defence when needed while he was also dangerous on offence when given space to run and deliver the ball inside 50.
The 27-year-old will gain confidence from his first season in the red and gold and will be another important player in 2021.
Stat that matters:
Ellis finished the year with an impressive disposal efficiency of 72.7%. He also ranked elite amongst other wingers in the competition with eight effective kicks per game.
Ellis polled the most Club Champion votes in the Round 7 win against Sydney. The wingman had 21 disposals, six marks and three clearances in the victory.
Moment of the season:
Getting his first win in club colours in Round 2 is a contender for Ellis’ moment of the season. His goal against his former club Richmond in Round 12 was also memorable as he kept the SUNS in the contest.
Year in a movie title:
Catch Me If You Can