GEELONG have made the brutal decision to cull star forward Dan Menzel along with Jordan Murdoch.
Menzel has overcome four knee reconstructions during his time in Geelong and played a total of 73 games, which resulted in 136 goals.
His first suffered a ruptured ACL in 2011 in the finals and spent close to four years on the sidelines before making his return in 2015.
“Dan’s perseverance and resilience to undergo four major knee operations and come back the way he has is a credit to his work ethic and mental toughness,” Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd said.
His first five seasons to 2018 produced a stunning return of 15 goals with an average of just under 14 disposals per game.
He missed a large portion of the season, but still managed to make 13 appearances with a total of 27 goals.
At only 27 years of age, Menzel still has plenty of footy ahead of him and with a stellar nouse for finding the goals he should find himself in new colours in no time.
The reaction to the Cat cull was one of utter disbelief from the football community who believe Menzel will be snapped up in no time by a rival club.
Sam Edmund @SammyHeraldSun
Surprised regarding Menzel. Maybe it’s just me, but I think we spend too much time focusing on what players don’t do well as opposed to what they do well.
5:04 PM - Oct 24, 2018
Ashley Browne @hashbrowne
Surely Dan Menzel gets picked up by someone next week.
5:06 PM - Oct 24, 2018
Xavier Ellis @XaviEllis18
Am I the only member of team Dan Menzel? I reckon one of the few medium forwards who make defenders ■■■■’s real twitchy. Don’t get me wrong he isn’t winning awards but surely worthy of a position on a team - ■■■■ even I lasted 11 years.
5:11 PM - Oct 24, 2018
Murdoch notched 108 games with the club after making his debut in 2012, but faced the same axing as Menzel.
“Jordan showed great commitment and dedication during his time with the club, and we thank him for his efforts over the past seven years,” Simon Lloyd said.
“Everyone at the club wishes Daniel and Jordan well in their future endeavours.”
But it was the Menzel culling that caught everyone off guard and left many questioning the decision of the club.