Daniel Menzel was drafted during the 2009 NAB AFL Draft with pick 17 by the Geelong Cats. Menzel is a product of the Central Districts Football Club in the SANFL and also represented South Australia in the NAB U18 National Championships. In his first year with Geelong, Menzel played the majority of the season with the club’s VFL side however did debut later in the season for the senior side. Menzel kicked 4 goals across his first two senior appearances, showing great capabilities at the highest level.
Menzel’s 2011 campaign was a continuation of his late 2010 form. Following a great start in his first finals series, Menzel ruptured his ACL after kicking two goals in the Qualifying Final against Hawthorn. Sadly, this robbed Menzel of not only a spot in Geelong’s premiership side weeks later, it also sidelined him for a large part of the 2012 season. Furthermore, Menzel’s career suffered further damage as he faced another ACL related injury on his other knee. 2013 was plagued with more ACL worries as Daniel encountered his third knee injury during the pre-season. His 4th knee reconstruction saw Menzel miss the entirety of the 2013 season.
Menzel made a fairytale return to Geelong’s side in 2014 where he kicked 4 goals against Collingwood. 2016 showed why Menzel is so highly regarded at Geelong where he was able to put together 18 games and kick 33 goals as a dangerous half forward. Menzel’s most recent campaign, 2017, further illustrated the half-forward’s value as he played 19 games and kicked 40 goals. With an average of 2.1 goals a game in 2017, Menzel was crowned the most accurate set-shot in the league.
Daniel will now look towards the 2018 season where he hopes to continue his valuable role in the team as a powerful and dynamic half-forward. Daniel is signed with Geelong until the end of the 2018 season.