Injected into the midfield full-time in 2020, Lachie Weller continued his career trajectory with another standout season.
Weller’s inclusion transformed the SUNS midfield with his burst of speed and class giving the club more polish through the engine room.
The 24-year-old was also dangerous offensively, using his penetrative boot to kick a number of long goals from outside 50.
Originally coming to the club as a half-back and winger, Weller’s use as an inside midfielder is a tick for his versatility as a player and highlights the level of trust he holds from his coaches.
Weller played 15 games in 2020, averaging 17 disposals, three clearances and 312 metres gained per match.
His 7th-placed finish in Gold Coast’s Club Champion has him well-placed to continue his improvement again in 2021.
Stat that matters:
Weller finished the year ranked as an elite goal-scorer amongst midfielders. His 12 goals for the season had him ranked equal-third at the club behind Ben Kingand Alex Sexton.
Weller had a number of strong games, but his performance in Round 17 against Collingwood was one of his best. He had 23 disposals, five clearances, four inside 50’s and four tackles in the close match at the Gabba.
Moment of the season:
Playing his milestone 100th match in Round 14 would be the highlight for Weller. He had 20 disposals and five inside 50’s to have an impact in the win.
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