Written by Ricky Carroll
Campeones Campeones Ole Ole Ole! What a season it's been for Maidstone United, winning the Vanarama National League South. A vital part of the title-winning campaign - has been their watertight defence, which has only conceded 38 goals in 40 league games! The mainstay of that defence has been Joe Ellul.
Before joining Maidstone, Joe enjoyed a short spell in New Zealand with Tasman United. He has also enjoyed spells at East Thurrock, Maidenhead and Billericay.
Joe is a throwback to those defenders who put their bodies on the line to stop the opposition from scoring. Joe is physically imposing and will let the opposition striker know early - that he's in for a tough 90 minutes (Ask Mikes from Footie Stories!). If there's a ball to win, Joe is winning that ball! He's exceptional at defending crosses and dominates in the air.
It feels like real defenders are a dying breed, but Joe will put his body on the line to stop the opposition from scoring, and this is reflected in Maidstone having the best defence in the league this season. Joe wears his heart on his sleeve when he plays. He has this desire to win every single tackle. He wants to win at all costs, and he demands that mentality from his teammates!
Joe can also play out from the back. He's comfortable with the ball at his feet and playing 40-50 yard passes up to the Maidstone attackers when needed. When you see him play, he's a born winner! Whether it's a friendly or a title-deciding game, Joe Ellul wears his heart on his sleeve. One of Joe's best assets is his ability to time his tackles. He always seems to win the ball!
When you're looking to build a team, you need a solid defence - and Joe gives you that security. He's physically imposing, times his tackles superbly, is exceptional in the air - and comfortable with the ball at his feet! Joe is a manager's dream. He has had a brilliant season for Maidstone. Next season they will be in the Vanarama National League, and with Joe Ellul at the back - Maidstone promise to be a tough nut to crack!