Former Goulburn Valley Suns winger Sean Ellis starred in the Football Federation Australia Cup on Tuesday night.
Ellis, 27, plies his trade for Heidelberg United in the National Premier League and the Bergers prevailed in a David v Goliath battle against A-League side Perth Glory.
Ellis played an instrumental role in the 1-0 victory, providing the assist for Kenny Athui and his touch, skill and trickery left many onlookers wondering if he was worthy of an A-League contract.
Ellis arrived at the GV Suns via Cobram, who had brought Ellis out from Scotland aged 22.
The left-footer was instrumental, even catching the eye of Fox Sports commentator Brenton Speed.
Speed tweeted during the game that Ellis may be eligible to play in the A-League, praising the dynamic attacker.
‘‘Here you go A-League clubs I’ve done research for you. He’s been in Oz since 2012, so visa may not be required. Rare skills Sean Ellis,’’ Speed said.
Remarkably, Ellis scored five goals in a game against North Geelong Warriors this year, and Suns playing coach Nick Kalafatis, who played with, against and coached Ellis, knew he had plenty of talent.
‘‘I first came across him as an opposition player and as soon as he touched the ball, you knew he had talent,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘He was by far a standout player, he is exceptional and at times he could go past you without even realising how he has gone past.’’
Not only was Kalafatis full of praise for his footballing ability, but his former coach also highlighted his winning mentality along with his personality.
‘‘He wants to always make things happen, he will want to take the game by the scruff of the neck and most of all he is a really good kid,’’ Kalafatis said.
‘‘He is a good teammate and a great personality to have in the dressing rooms.’’
When asked if Ellis had the attributes to mix it in the A-League Kalafatis was unsure, but he believed he deserved a shot.
‘‘I do not know whether he is good enough, but I feel he does deserve an opportunity to show off his capabilities, and that is the brilliant thing about the Cup, you can do that,’’ Kalafatis said.