Senior Joe Daniher (2020-)

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dlanod

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Daniher chose to exercise his free agency rights with a lifestyle change a key factor in the decision.

The Lions lodged the paperwork with the AFL to secure the 200cm, 95kg left footer on the opening day of the AFL free agency period.

The 26-year-old joins the club on a three-year deal.

He is considered to be among the top key forwards in the game having booted 191 goals from 108 games for the Bombers since making his debut in 2013.

His best season came in 2017 when he kicked 65 goals to earn All Australian selection and claim the Bombers’ best and fairest.

 

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ZoBlitz

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2020 Trade: Daniher is a Lion

The Brisbane Lions’ have added some serious firepower with gun forward Joe Daniher to join the Club as a free agent

Daniher chose to exercise his free agency rights with a lifestyle change a key factor in the decision.

The Lions lodged the paperwork with the AFL to secure the 200cm, 95kg left footer on the opening day of the AFL free agency period.

The 26-year-old joins the club on a three-year deal.

He is considered to be among the top key forwards in the game having booted 191 goals from 108 games for the Bombers since making his debut in 2013.

His best season came in 2017 when he kicked 65 goals to earn All Australian selection and claim the Bombers’ best and fairest.

General Manager of Football David Noble said it was a major coup for the Lions to add such a respected player to their list.

“Joe is exactly the type of player we were looking to add to our list,’’ he said.

“He is a quality person and highly respected player who will compliment our forward line.

“He also fits perfectly within the age bracket we are looking for, at 26-years-of-age he brings experience to our playing group and we also believe his best years are ahead of him.

“And we would like to take this opportunity to thank Essendon and his management team at TLA for their professionalism regarding the process of Joe’s move to our club.”

Daniher said he was excited about the next chapter of his AFL career and was looking forward to getting to know the Lions playing group.

“The chance to play for Essendon is something I dreamt about and aspired to growing up,’’ he said.

“I’ve made lifelong friendships there and it has helped shape me as a person. I’m forever grateful to them and look forward to seeing them progress under Truck.

“The move to Brisbane is a new challenge I’m really looking forward to. I can’t wait to relocate to Queensland, get to work with my new teammates and coaches and build relationships across the club”.
 

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Former Bomber Joe Daniher opens up on his move to the Brisbane Lions

Brisbane recruit Joe Daniher says he feels a “sense of relief” after finally landing at the Lions more than a year after he tried to leave Essendon for Sydney.

But the former All-Australian forward isn’t feeling the pressure of delivering the Lions their first AFL flag since 2003 despite the being regarded as the final piece in the club’s premiership jigsaw.

A Lion for at least the next three seasons after securing a move from the Bombers, Daniher said there was plenty of hard work ahead of him and the resurgent club to take the next step by winning a premiership.

The Lions have finished second on the ladder for two years in succession, and this year went a step further in the playoffs by reaching the preliminary final.

“From my experience in football, anything that’s happened the year before doesn’t guarantee anything that goes on into the future,” Daniher said.

“Brisbane have a great win-loss record in recent times, but that doesn’t guarantee you anything.

“You need to knuckle down and continue to stick to a process and vision. I feel the Brisbane Lions are going to do that and I’m really excited to be a part of that. Hopefully I can play a role in helping the guys on field and supporting the coaches and what they’re trying to achieve.”

There is no doubting Daniher’s talent.

The 26-year-old, 200cm forward was an All-Australian in 2017 and was Essendon’s leading goalkicker for four successive years.

But injuries have ruined Daniher’s past three seasons. In that time he has played just 15 games.

“It has been challenging from an off-field perspective,” he said.

“As a footballer all you want to do is go out and play, and have a lot of fun and enjoyment playing.

“I’ve been starved of that in the last few years, so I’m really excited and can’t wait to get out there, and pull on a jumper, and just enjoy playing football.

“My psychology around playing the game hasn’t changed. It’s about being really clear about where I want to get to, working as hard as I can and going out and performing.

“That’s not going to change here.”

Daniher said he left Essendon, the club he has supported all his life and where his family name is etched in stone, on good terms but needed a “fresh start”.

“I’ve had a fantastic relationship with the Essendon Football Club not just in my playing days, but a supporter growing up,” he said.

“They’ve been incredibly supportive of me for a very period of time.

“They understood why I needed a fresh start, needed a change, so I can’t thank them enough for the time I spent there, and for that continued support.

“I feel a sense of relief. I’m very pleased and proud to be at the Brisbane Lions.”
 

Dylan12

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Time to get to work: The players at every AFL club who need a big 2021 pre-season
Joe Daniher - Maybe he doesn’t need a ‘big’ pre-season... he just needs ANY pre-season. The good news for Brisbane is they got Daniher as a free agent, rather than having to cough up any first-round picks, which lessens the risk they’ve taken on the 2017 All-Australian forward. But having played just 15 games in the three seasons since earning that honour, Daniher and the Lions are both hoping their renowned training staff can get him back on the track and preparing for season 2021. For years now the prevailing view has been Eric Hipwood is not quite good enough to be the number one forward on a premiership side - but he’s good enough to be the number two, or even the 1b to Daniher’s 1a. Having two tall targets would mean Brisbane can rely less on its smalls and midfielders to kick a winning score. And as we saw in 2020, their inaccuracy can be costly - Hugh McCluggage kicked 8.21 this year, Dayne Zorko 9.15 and Jarryd Lyons 4.10. Daniher isn’t exactly known for his accuracy but he bagged 65.39 in his All-Australian season.
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Guernsey Numbers Revealed
Joe Daniher - 3

Boom recruit Joe Daniher has inherited the most famous guernsey number in Brisbane Lions’ history.

Daniher will make his debut in the number 3, previously worn by triple premiership captain Michael Voss.

Voss wore the number for 283 games across a stellar career that also included the 1996 Brownlow medal.

Gary Pert and his father Brian both wore the number for Fitzroy.

The former Bomber inherited the number from the retired Allen Christensen who wore it in 68 games for the Lions.
 

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