Exciting news for SUN’S fans, with Richmond dual-Premiership winner Brandon Ellis Gold Coast bound.
The club confirmed overnight that the 26-year-old has officially joined the Gold Coast SUNS.
“Richmond lodged paperwork with the AFL today, accepting the AFL’s compensation for Ellis who was a Restricted Free Agent,” The SUNS said in a statement.
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The 26-year-old said he was very excited to be making his way to the sunshine state.
“I’m very excited to be on board. I’ve been impressed by the club and its people, there’s great facilities and really looking forward to the journey on the Coast,” Ellis said.
“I’ve been really lucky to play in two flags in the last three years, so hopefully I can bring some of that knowledge up here and help out this group. There is so much talent and I think it could be exciting times ahead.”
Ellis will reunite with some familiar faces when he joins the Gold Coast side.
“I played with Anthony Miles for three or four years at the Tigers, I’m good mates with him, and had a few years with Corey Ellis so it makes it a bit easier to break the ice having those two boys up here,” he said.
“I’ve known Secco (Alex Sexton) for a while as well, so he’s been awesome the past few days.”
General Manager of List & Strategy Craig Cameron said the SUNS were thrilled to secure Ellis.
“Brandon has proven his ability at AFL level over the past eight seasons and we’re excited by the opportunity to add a duel premiership player to our midfield group,” Cameron said.
“In line with our strategy we’re keen to target players who will complement our young group and are committed to help drive our club forward, Brandon fits that perfectly.”