Brandon Ellis has attributed his improved form, as the 2019 season has progressed, to the faith shown in him by Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

The hard-running, premiership Tiger was slow out of the blocks this season, but has worked his way into some impressive form.

Ellis, who is averaging 22.9 disposals, 5.9 marks and 3.1 rebound-50s per game in 2019, played a key role through the midfield for Richmond in yesterday’s important 27-point win against Greater Western Sydney.

He finished the match with 29 disposals, 12 contested possessions, four clearances, four inside-50s, four rebound-50s, four marks, four tackles, five intercepts, 10 score involvements and 453 metres gained.

In a post-game interview with ‘K rock Football’, Ellis spoke candidly of his early-season, form struggle, and how he was able to overcome that through Hardwick’s support.

“It was a bit of a rocky start to the year,” he said.

“I didn’t get picked for Round 1 and then I probably had a couple of stinkers.

“But ‘Dimma’ backed me in and let me play, and put me back in the midfield, where I think I play my best footy.

“I’m just trying to go out there every week and play a role for the team. That’s what we’re about at the Tigers.

“Sometimes you get rewarded for effort . . .

“Playing most weeks now, you can back yourself in, back your strengths in.

“Dimma’s been fantastic for me this year. He’s allowed me to play to my strengths and play my own game.

“Yes, there are some things that I do need to clean up, and they probably stand out sometimes, but if I can bring other things to the table, that can sort of make it even.”

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