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Short a big positive for Tigers

Round 9: Short boots two Jayden Short kicks two in Richmond's Round 9 match against West Coast.

Jayden Short has been one of the real success stories for Richmond so far in season 2018.

After nine rounds, the small defender is averaging 18.0 disposals, 3.8 rebound-50s, 2.4 inside-50s and 3.2 marks per match.

He has generated considerable drive out of the backline for the Tigers due to his ability to weave through traffic, break the lines with good pace, and deliver the ball so impressively by foot.

The 22-year-old, who has played only 41 AFL games, again was one of the team’s most valuable contributors, in yesterday’s loss to West Coast at Optus Stadium.

Short had 14 disposals, a team-high four rebound-50s, five intercepts, five score involvements, 481 metres gained, and drifted forward to kick two goals, including a pearler from outside the forward-50 arc after receiving a handball from Richmond captain Trent Cotchin.

Amid the quality supply the dangerous West Coast forwards were receiving, Short managed to maintain his composure, which is another impressive football trait he possesses.