Daniher could be at the Den by Friday (Sam McClure and Michael Gleeson, The Age, 28/10)
Joe Daniher could be a Brisbane Lions player as early as Friday morning, with parties to the deal confident of a smooth move for the free agent.
Sources close to the discussions are confident the Lions' contract offer to Daniher will draw a first-round compensation pick – currently pick seven – for the full-forward.
If the compensation is of that level it is more likely than not the Bombers would accept the pick and move on. The free agency window opens this Friday when clubs such as Essendon can learn of the offer for their player, discover what the compensation will be and then make a decision.
Daniher was already on a high contract at Essendon and terms comparable to what he has been on would put Essendon in the frame for first-round draft pick as compensation.
The Lions are confident and hopeful the contract is sufficient to avoid a messy trade.