9GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Daniel Menzel of the Cats celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 22 match between the Geelong Cats and the Fremantle Dockers at GMHBA Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The Swans have thrown ex-Cat Daniel Menzel a lifeline, signing the injury-prone forward on a one-year deal as a delisted free agent.

The 27-year old was drafted by Geelong with pick 17 in the 2009 National Daft, playing 73 games and kicking 136 goals.

Menzel has been hampered with injuries during his career, undergoing four knee reconstructions and after missing most the 2018 season with a groin injury was not offered a new deal by the Cats.

“I’m really thankful and excited at the opportunity the Swans have given me and I’m looking forward to getting into the club and training with my new teammates,” Menzel told the club website.

“Success is obviously a real motivator and the Swans were really appealing to me for that reason.”

Swans new head of football Charlie Gardiner was excited for Menzel to come on board for 2019.

“Dan is a great talent and a proven performer at senior level with Geelong. He brings a wealth of footy experience to our group and we are confident he can add real value to our squad,” Gardiner said.

“Dan has shown tremendous character to work through his injury challenges in his career to date and has shown in his past three seasons that he’s still got a lot to offer at senior level. We hope that a change of scene and a new environment will only strengthen his football.

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“Dan will add to our attack and our scoring ability and has a lot to offer our team and our young and emerging forwards.”