Daniel Menzel is enjoying the responsibility of leading a young Sydney Swans forward line through the closing stages of the 2019 season.
Menzel has been the oldest player in the Swans forward half over the last couple of weeks in the absence of superstar Lance Franklin.
The 27-year-old has kicked four goals in the last two matches and looked lively across the Swans forward line.
The former Geelong forward has managed just seven games in the red and white this season as he has battled groin injuries.
Menzel said he was feeling the best he had felt for a long time after the recent win over Melbourne.
“My body feels as good as it has in my whole career and I am moving really well,” Menzel said.
“I am starting to get on to the end of a few so I am really enjoying it.”
He said he has enjoyed the responsibility of being a leader in the forward half in recent weeks in the absence of players with more experience.
“It is a young forward line, so I take that upon myself to be a leader because I have obviously played a few games now,” he told SwansTV.
“I think I read the game pretty well to, so it is something I really enjoy doing as we build for next year.”
With just one game remaining in the season the crafty forward said he expects there to be plenty to play for in the final match of the season against St Kilda at the SCG on Saturday afternoon.
“There are a lot of guys that want to play for spots and really put their name up there so there are a lot of reasons for us to be excited and optimistic for next week.”