It was a surprise to many last week when Geelong announced that Dan Menzel would not be offered a new contract for the 2019 season.
The 27 year-old has faced his fair share of adversity as a footballer, overcoming four knee reconstructions since being drafted with pick 17 in the 2009 draft.
The Cats have supported Menzel through a lot of time on the sidelines due to injury. So it was startling to see the forward delisted after playing 50 games in the last three seasons.
Despite being restricted to 13 games in 2018, the mercurial forward still kicked 27 goals. While applying defensive pressure is something that is considered a deficiency in the South Australian, he offers another welcome quality in a forward. The ability to kick goals.
Averaging 2.08 goals per game in 2018, this sees the former Cat ranked in the top 20 in the competition for average goals kicked.
This followed a successful 2017 season which saw Menzel kick a career high 40 goals.
Clubs showing interest
Dan Menzel’s manager Adam Ramanauskas is certainly confident his client has plenty of good footy ahead of him. And AFL clubs have been in contact to discuss a possible deal.
“I’ve had some good conversations with clubs for the last eight weeks about Dan and how that could potentially look. There’s still discussions with probably five clubs at the moment.”
73 games and 136 goals to his name it seems too early to call time on Dan Menzel’s AFL journey despite a lengthy injury history.
Minimal cost for a proven goal kicker is a punt that surely one AFL club will take.