Sport Cats set to offer Menzel one-year AFL deal

23:22  16 april  2018
23:22  16 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Geelong forward signs one - year deal after amazing comeback in 2015. Menzel kicked four goals in round 22 to be the Cats ' shining light in their 48-point loss to Collingwood. The night capped off an amazing return to football that saw 1450 days pass between senior games.

Last year the Cats refused to offer Menzel a long-term contract and after receiving little interest as a free agent he returned to Geelong on a one - year deal worth only about 0,000.

Geelong coach Chris Scott says no responsible club would offer Daniel Menzel a long-term contract, given the forward's wretched injury history.© AAP Image/Julian Smith Geelong coach Chris Scott says no responsible club would offer Daniel Menzel a long-term contract, given the forward's wretched injury history. Daniel Menzel's shocking run of knee reconstructions means Geelong will never offer him a long-term AFL deal.

But coach Chris Scott says the forward would not be the first high-level player to make the most of a succession of one-year contracts.

Menzel has made a strong start to the season and kicked five goals in Sunday's win over St Kilda.

His AFL career was nearly ruined by a horror run of four knee reconstructions and he played no senior games from the 2011 qualifying final to round 22, 2015.

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But Menzel also ranks poorly among AFL forwards for defensive pressure. After recovering from four knee reconstructions, Menzel has been on one - year contracts at Geelong and he now wants a longer deal . "It is more structure with the way we set up the forward line. It was nothing more sinister."

The 26-year-old didn't play any AFL -level matches between 2012 and July 2015 after undergoing four knee reconstructions across both his knees. On Monday night, Cats coach Chris Scott said he had spoken to Menzel about his future contract. The forward signed a one - year deal at the end of last

"The thing that Dan understands really clearly, and I've had this discussion with him again recently, he's just not a candidate for a long-term contract, given his injury history," Scott told AFL 360 on Fox Footy.

"No responsible club would do that and he understands that really well.

"It doesn't preclude you from playing good footy."

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Menzel , 26, has a one - year offer on the table from Geelong, but had been exploring the market for a longer offer . Click here to set up your subscription. You can always unsubscribe by following the link in the footer of AFL Trader emails.

IT IS almost four years to the day since Daniel Menzel played his last AFL game. So it is understandable if some Cats fans have forgotten just how good he was prior to the first of his four serious knee injuries. Here is a summation of Menzel 's first 21 AFL games

There was strong speculation Menzel would leave after last season, as he and Geelong struggled to reach agreement on his contract.

Eventually, he signed a one-year agreement and Scott strongly refuted talk that the Cats were shopping Menzel around as a potential trade.

"Can I clear that up, because I've heard that quite a few times - we never, ever offered Dan Menzel as a trade," Scott said.

"He's an unrestricted free agent.

"It took a long time to get the deal done, so there was some possibility he might leave, but there wouldn't have been any compensation (for the club)."

Scott said he has to stop himself thinking "what if" in terms of Menzel's career, given the wretched injury luck the 26-year-old has overcome.

"We're thrilled for him,"' Scott said.

"I promised myself I wouldn't go back to that fantasy of what could have been, but it's hard."

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