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DANIEL Menzel’s fu­ture re­mains up in the air, de­spite the free agency win­dow clos­ing yes­ter­day.

The un­re­stricted free agent is still in the mix to find a new AFL home be­fore Wed­nes­day’s trade dead­line, with the Western Bull­dogs linked to the in­jury-prone goal kicker.

The Dogs would have risked com­pro­mis­ing their com­pen­sa­tion pick (No.27) for Luke Dahlhaus had they got Menzel as a free agent, but could trade a pick as late as No.82 to ac­quire him next week.

Menzel is also a chance to re­main at the Cats on a oneyear deal, just like he re­ceived af­ter last year’s trade pe­riod.

Gee­long list man­ager Stephen Wells said there was no progress yes­ter­day.

“Any­one who’s an un­re­stricted free agent, if it’s not done by then, there’s still the trade pe­riod, of course,” Wells said. “Noth­ing’s changed there, so let’s just see what hap­pens in the trade pe­riod.”

Menzel is marked hard for his limited de­fen­sive pres­sure and in­jury his­tory, de­spite com­ing sec­ond in the club’s goal­kick­ing this sea­son.

Wells also quashed ru­mours that vet­eran ruck­man Shane Mum­ford could come out of re­tire­ment to play at the Cats, as well as sug­ges­tions Bren­don God­dard could play a role at Gee­long next sea­son.

The Cats have re-signed rook­ies Ja­maine Jones and Sam Simp­son to one- and twoyear deals re­spec­tively.

Small for­ward Jones played seven games in his de­but sea­son, while Simp­son man­aged one in 2018 to take his ca­reer tally to six.

“They’ve agreed to be rook­ies again,” Wells said.

“We’re very ex­cited with the way they’re pro­gress­ing and they’re ex­cited to still be with the Cats in 2019.

“Those guys are stay­ing as rook­ies, but they will be avail­able for se­lec­tion ev­ery week.

“They get an­other good pre-sea­son be­hind them and look­ing for­ward to next sea­son as they de­velop phys­i­cally as well as with that bit of ex­pe­ri­ence they’ve had.”

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