Jayden Short’s move into the midfield has been one of Richmond’s significant success stories of the 2022 season.

The dual premiership Tiger and 2020 Jack Dyer Medallist is thriving in his new role, having previously established himself as a top-class, small rebounding defender.

Since being switched into midfield earlier this season, Short is averaging 25.0 disposals, 7.2 contested possessions, 7.0 inside-50s, 3.5 clearances and 625.0 metres gained per game.

09:01 Mins
Published on

Hardwick previews West Coast

Damien Hardwick addresses the media at the Swinburne Centre ahead of the Round 16 match against West Coast

Published on

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick paid tribute to Short during his weekly pre-match press conference today.

“He’s been a real positive for us,” Hardwick said.

“I think the first time he played it (midfield role) was the West Coast game over there (Round 7). We had a couple of injuries that game . . .

“He’s just grown into the role.

“The great thing about ‘Shorty’, like Liam (Baker), they’re guys you can plug and play. You can put those guys anywhere. They’re just really good players . . .

“He’s quite under-rated, I think, outside our four walls. But this guy’s a premiership player, Best and Fairest winner, quite possibly could be an All-Australian.

“He’s a wonderful player that we’re very fortunate to have.”