Madden left the field after the Lions' 28-point victory and was greeted by AFL Legend Leigh Matthews.
"He said 'well done, James, you'll play a lot of games of AFL'. It didn't really hit me until the next day when I thought about what he said. To come from someone like that it was pretty special," Madden said.
"Before I came over here I didn't know too much about Leigh, as I didn't watch AFL, but after being here for three years I know how big a name he is in the sport, so it was incredibly special."