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Injury cruelled what looked like an exciting year for Daniel Menzel

GEELONG forward Daniel Menzel will be forced to wait until the end of the NAB AFL Trade Period to learn whether he will continue life as a Cat. 

Despite Chris Scott's wishes to retain Menzel on a one-year deal after a blistering start to the season, the 26-year-old remains without an offer on the table.

Available to move to his club of choice as an unrestricted free agent, Menzel had been canvassing opportunities before heading off on holidays on Friday.

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"We'll get through the Trade Period and see what happens from there," list boss Stephen Wells told of Menzel's status.

"He's out of contract and who knows what's going to happen in Trade Period. Daniel's an unrestricted free agent and at the end of Trade Period we'll reassess everything.

Menzel's agent Adam Ramanauskas yesterday told RSN Radio he was scouring the market for a two-year deal for Menzel, with no offers yet forthcoming.

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Like Menzel, teammates Jackson Thurlow and Jordan Murdoch remain in search of new homes for 2019 with no guarantees from the Cats.

Kicking 15 goals in the first five games, Menzel then succumbed to a groin injury that flared after it was injected on advice by the Cats.

He returned to play the final eight consecutive games of the season for 12 majors, but failed to reach the heights of his impressive opening.

"If you'd asked me 12 months ago I would've said, 'Yep, lock him down for the next year'. So that'll be the plan again," Scott said after Menzel booted five goals against St Kilda in round four.

"But I think everyone's crystal-clear when it comes to Dan, and I feel for him, but he just can't expect that any club's going to commit to him for the long term.

"Because there are just so many doubts over his body, and none of them are his fault. It's just the unfortunate situation he's in.

"But I'd love to have him committed for 2019."


While Menzel awaits an answer, the Cats' forward line will welcome Western Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus next season, the 2016 premiership player committing to a four-year deal on Friday.

He could be joined by Sydney's Gary Rohan after Wells confirmed Geelong's intent to secure his services.

"If that deal can be done then, yes, we would like Gary playing for the Cats next year alongside Luke Dahlhaus and whatever we bring through the draft," Wells said.

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Wells also put to bed any talk midfielder Mitch Duncan was exploring a move away from the club.

"I haven't heard those rumours at all," Wells said.

"Mitch Duncan will be a Cat in 2019 and beyond. He loves the Cats and we love him playing for us."

Geelong has already delisted six players this off-season: Aaron Black, Stewart Crameri, Ryan Gardner, Cory Gregson, Matthew Hayball and Timm House.