‘A Long Way Home’ is a story about me – Daniel Menzel. It goes behind the scenes giving the public access into the mental challenges and battles throughout my rehab on the way to my comeback to the AFL.
We started filming exercises and talks after my 3rd ACL reconstruction to have something to look back on as well as something else to focus on. It also gave my rehab the accountability and kept me focused through difficult times and was used as a tool along with other hobbies to change the negative thought process through flat times.
It touches on how I overcame my challenges which will hopefully have an impact on others who are battling through setbacks.
For me, getting back to playing AFL was always the number one goal because it is my passion but I also wanted to make my comeback to be able to thank my family, friends, supporters and to the Geelong Football Club for sticking by me and were there through the difficult times.
Thanks to Brad, Mike and the crew at Fox Footy on producing ‘A Long Way Home’ which is now an award winning documentary – winner of best profiling of an athlete, team or coach in 2015 in the ASC Media Awards 2015.