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Menadue makes his mark

Round 1: Hardwick post-match Damien Hardwick speaks to the media after the Round 1 win over Carlton.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Connor Menadue of the Tigers celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 01 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on March 24, 2016. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Connor Menadue celebrates one of his two goals last Thursday night

Connor Menadue built on a solid pre-season preparation, with an impressive showing in Richmond’s opening round win against Carlton at the MCG.

The skilful Tiger speedster finished with 13 disposals, including two goals, two goal assists and three rebound-50s, four marks, plus four tackles.

They’re not huge numbers, but it’s the quality of Menadue’s work which makes him such an exciting prospect.

“I thought he was good once again,” said Richmond’s coach Damien Hardwick. 

“His possession rate will improve once he gains some experience . . .

“For a second-year player – I think he’s played five games – he’s going to be an important player for us going forward. 

“He’s got some work to do in some areas, as all young players do, but I think he’s going to be a good player.”