The great news continues to roll in down at Piranha Park for the Coburg Football Club with the signing of former Richmond and Gold Coast listed player Corey Ellis joining the club for 2021.
Ellis will reunite at Coburg with Jacob Ballard, Tom Silvestro and Charlie Thompson, all of whom he played with during his time spent at VFL level with Richmond.
The signing of Ellis is another key signing for the club and he will provide Andrew Sturgess and the coaching group with a fantastic wing or backline option with his abilities as a line breaking player with excellent foot skills.
GM Sebastian Spagnuolo was delighted to secure the services of the former Vic Metro Under 18 representative who possesses exceptional decision making and kicking, as well as offensive creation.
“Once Corey was delisted by the Suns we didn’t hesitate to work on getting him to our club. As a former EDFL Junior we knew a bit about Corey and his family already and were keen to add his skills and experience to our playing list whilst providing him with the opportunity to be close to home and play at the highest level possible in 2021.
Corey will arrive back in Melbourne in mid-December and we can’t wait to get to work with him once our 2021 preseason training program begins in the new year”
Taken with pick 12 in the 2014 National Draft from Keilor and the Western Jets, Ellis managed a total of 31 AFL games in his six seasons from 2015-2020, 27 of them with Richmond and four with Gold Coast. He also managed 41 VFL games with the Tigers and eight with the Suns NEAFL team. His time at AFL level was often affected by injury.
Comfortable as a defender or a midfielder, Ellis made his debut in round five of 2015 and managed six games before it was ended due to surgery on both feet. In 2016, he was a permanent fixture in the side until mid-season where he was injured again, and couldn’t break back into the AFL team. 2017 saw him in and out of the team, and couldn’t hold his place for the finals. However, he played in the VFL teams losing Grand Final to Port Melbourne, his form in the VFL finals series was good enough to see him selected as an emergency for the AFL Grand Final. It was the same old story in 2018-he couldn’t hold his place in the senior side after outstanding VFL form, and eventually sought greener pastures, being traded to the Gold Coast Suns.
A fresh start with the Suns looked promising until an injury late in the 2019 preseason saw him behind the eight-ball again, therefore he made his club debut midseason, but only could hold his spot for four games. He wouldn’t make no appearances in 2020 at AFL level, and as a result was delisted.
When asked about his excitement to be joining Coburg, Ellis who is still based on the Gold Coast till mid-December said “I really wanted an enjoyable place to play and felt Coburg was best for this! Can’t wait to get down there and meet everyone and get stuck into training. It’s going to get to know all the guys and building strong connections to help the club succeed in 2021.”
When asked about reuniting with Ballard, Silvestro and Thompson, Ellis said “It’s always nice to know a few familiar faces so it’s exciting to be able to reconnect and play with them again.”
Over the next few days and weeks the club will continue to announce both re-singings and more new player signings as it prepares to succeed in 2021.
You can play your part and commit to the club as a member in 2021 by heading to https://coburgfc.com.au/