Player Watch #31: Connor Menadue - selected with #18 in 2020 Rookie Draft - welcome to North Melbourne

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Dodecahedron

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Connor Menadue = the Handa a Man a Granda Spanna
 

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DarkPhoenix

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Going into a season with a list size impacted by covid, he has AFL experience, I really don't mind the pick.

Might turn out that he doesn't play a game, but he's good backup.

Can say why not take a punt on a kid, but in a year where the recruiters have had limited access to seeing the kids play, Connor is a better punt IMO.

Welcome to North :thumbsu:
 
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Grockadoc

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Pretty solid pick for you guys. Was a taf unlucky at the Tiger sgiven our depth at HB with Houli, Short, Baker, Ellis, Markov, Naish etc.

Has all the tools to be a solid player at AFL level. Quick, clean skills, good endurance, takes the game on, solid overhead.

That being said, he isn't the most ohysical bloke so defensively he could improve. Also struggled to find the football at AFL level at times at Half Back.

I daresay he would be better suited as a wingman on as a dangerous half forward flanker personally.
 

Twinkletoes

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I received a message tonight from his cousin (who I had no idea was related to him, or that she even followed footy), and she said he’s absolutely rapt to get this opportunity with North, and he’s hellbent on giving it his absolute all. The family felt (as family would) he was unlucky to be behind so many players who’d become staples of a triple premiership side but he feels stronger for being among them and seeing what it takes to make it. He’s determined to grab his chance, make a spot in the 1’s his own, and fight off all challengers by his performance in games and while training along the way.

Good luck Connor. Love the attitude!
 

Friday Night Lights

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I kept reading the "my manager called me while I was at Rebel Point Cook" as the manager of the Rebel Sports store called him, and I kept wondering why we'd call the manager of Rebel Sports Point Cook to tell them that one of their employees was being drafted before telling the employee
Absolutely read like that to me too.
 

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Heaps of fun

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I kept reading the "my manager called me while I was at Rebel Point Cook" as the manager of the Rebel Sports store called him, and I kept wondering why we'd call the manager of Rebel Sports Point Cook to tell them that one of their employees was being drafted before telling the employee
So he wasn't working at Rebel Sports Point Cook?
 

shimaburnsgrieg

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This guy only has to show some good pre season form and Noble will play him on the wing.

Noble is looking for pace and we dont have a lot of it ready yo go at AFL level.

The intra clubs are going to be interesting!
 

So You Think

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I would think that he'll likely take Higgo's spot until the kids can push him out in a year or two. I don't mind this selection at all, he'll buy time for others to develop with the upside being he may totally surprise. Still not a bad age going fwd.
 

King Corey

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A likely story TT
TT is lying. He doesn't know the cousin.

Clearly TT went to school with Connor Menadue's dad but doesn't want the blowback from another masonic connection.
 

roos_fanatic08

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Hope he has built up his body a bit from his Richmond days. Even after a few years he was still a twig.

Also hope he has the confidence to use his speed. Even though he tests quick, you never really seen him break the lines that often at AFL level or even back at TAC cup level.
 

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