Former Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy says the football industry is conditioned to look for things players don’t do as opposed to what they do, in the wake of Daniel Menzel’s delisting.
Menzel was cut by the Cats, despite finishing second in their goal kicking this year, with a lack of forward pressure reportedly one of the main reasons for his cutting.
However, Murphy believes there is a spot for him in the AFL, explaining how players of Menzel’s creativity aren’t common commodities.
“There is some missing parts to his game but we do have a bit of a condition in the game of highlighting what someone can’t do, when clearly what he can do is hit the scoreboard, create havoc and involve his teammates,” Murphy told SEN’s Whateley.
“There’s just not enough players like him going around, they just don’t grow on trees. I think there will be a home for him.”
Murphy added if Menzel doesn’t get another AFL chance, it would be a “significant signpost” towards teams focusing more and more on a chaotic style of play in forward lines.
Menzel played just 13 games this season, after a troublesome injection in his groin early in the campaign.
He was averaging two goals per game early in the season before the incident.