Torin Baker, who coached Menadue at the Western Jets, regarded the teenager’s speed and endurance as right up there with the best of them in the under-18s competition.
“He doesn’t just test quick, he uses it on the football field,” Baker said. “A lot (of players) have one or the other (speed or endurance), but he’s elite in both categories, and that makes him exciting.
“If you look at a Brad Hill (Hawthorn), or
an Isaac Smith (Hawthorn), and the impact they’ve had on the AFL, I would say that Connor has similar running ability to those two guys.”
Menadue, 187cm and 69kg, played most of his football in the TAC Cup as a running defender, but also excelled when given other on-field roles. His ability to take the game on, and break the lines, makes him an exciting prospect for the Tigers.