Daniel was selected by the Brisbane Lions as pick 25 in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. He is an athletic, tall defender with a competitive nature. He has the ability to shut down opposition forwards while providing good counter-attack. Daniel can hit targets on his preferred left foot which was proven when he was in the top 10 for disposal efficiency at TAC Cup level. McStay made his AFL debut against North Melbourne in Round 15, 2014 playing at centre half-back.