Menadue’s meaningful input

381221-tlsgalleryportraitConnor Menadue made a valuable contribution to Richmond’s 15-point win against Essendon in last Saturday night’s blockbuster ‘Dreamtime’ clash.

The speedy, skilful utility’s match statistics weren’t through the roof, but they reflected his steady progress at the game’s highest level.

He finished with a season-high 12 disposals, season-high five marks, season-high four inside-50s, season-high five tackles and a season-high four bounces.

Menadue’s combined offensive and defensive efforts throughout the contest earned him praise from Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

“I was really impressed with Connor Menadue,” Hardwick said.

“I thought he probably took a step forward we’ve been waiting for . . . a couple of big tackles.”

It was Menadue’s fourth game this season and the 23rd game of the 20-year-old’s AFL career.