The Gold Coast Suns’ off-season rebuild is continuing with two-time Richmond premiership winger Brandon Ellis set to join the club.
Just days after Richmond won their second flag in three years, the midfielder has told the Tigers he wants to explore his options as a restricted free agent.
He’s now tipped to sign a five-year deal with the Suns worth $550,000 a season with Richmond unlikely to exercise its right to match any offer.
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Ellis has played 176 games for the Tigers over eight seasons.
“Brandon has been an outstanding contributor to our team and our club for a long period of time and we respect his rights as a free agent,” Richmond list manager Blair Hartley said on Wednesday.
“Brandon and the club have been in constant communication throughout the season and we would like to acknowledge the way he has conducted himself throughout the year.
“As always, Brandon has put the team first and he is now a dual premiership player for Richmond.”
Ellis’ likely move to the Gold Coast comes after Adelaide midfielder Hugh Greenwood formally asked the Crows to be traded to the Suns.
Greenwood reportedly wanted to stay in Adelaide but was only offered a two-year deal.
He’s set to sign a four-year deal with the Suns worth a reported $1.6 million in exchange for a low-end draft pick, which some experts have described as the ‘steal of the trade period’.
Fellow Crows player Brad Crouch has also been linked to a possible move to the Gold Coast.