Cut Cat Menzel on five AFL clubs’ radar

Daniel Menzel is reportedly being considered by five AFL clubs since being delisted by Geelong.Delisted Geelong small forward Daniel Menzel is on the radar of up to five AFL clubs, according to his agent.
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Menzel’s manager Adam Ramanauskas says there remains interest in the goal-sneak after reports AFL cellar-dwellers Carlton, Brisbane and St Kilda have ruled themselves out as potential suitors.

Despite concerns over Menzel’s ability to apply defensive pressure, Ramanauskas was surprised the Cats decided not to retain him as part of their 42-man list for next season.

But the former Essendon winger admitted he’d seen the “writing on the wall” weeks ago during discussions with Geelong about his client.

“I’ve had some good conversations with clubs for the last eight weeks about Dan and how that could potentially look,” Ramanauskas told RSN.

“There’s still discussions with probably five clubs at the moment.”

The Cats cut the 27-year-old – along with speedy midfielder Jordan Murdoch – after 73 games, 136 goals and four knee reconstructions since making his debut in 2010.

St Kilda was circling the out-of-contract forward ahead of the AFL trade period before withdrawing their interest.

“There was a lot of hope that he was going to go to St Kilda as a free agent and then circumstances changed. St Kilda’s direction changed,” Ramanauskas said.

After a booting 15 goals in his opening five games, Menzel’s season hit a snag when a groin injection went awry and he didn’t appear again for Geelong until round 17.

“He was coming second after round five in Geelong’s best and fairest,” Ramanauskas said.

“That was when he was fully fit. He has an injection after round five. We all know what went wrong from there.

“He was playing catch-up for the rest of the year and he just couldn’t get to the level to compete that he wanted to.”

But Ramanauskas moved to assuage any clubs’ fears about his fitness for 2019.

“His knee’s absolutely fine,” he said.

“The groin issue that he had this year is now completely fine. If you go back and look at the early part of the season, that’s the level of output you’re going to get from a fit Daniel Menzel.”