Recruited from: Calder Cannons/Aberfeldie
Selection 10 (Father-Son), 2012 NAB AFL Draft
Touted as one of the best to come through the TAC Cup system, Daniher was taken by Essendon with pick 10 in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft under the Father-Son rule.
The AIS-AFL Academy and Calder Cannons product has a touch of versatility, being able to play as key forward and also in the ruck. The 201 centimetre Daniher represented Vic Metro in the 2012 NAB AFL Under 18 Championships, kicking four goals in the title decider against Western Australia.
After a strong early season form in the VFL, Daniher earned a long awaited debut against Carlton in Round 11, 2013. With the best of his five AFL games coming the following week with a three goal haul against the Gold Coast Suns. Daniher saved the best for last in 2014, kicking four goals against North Melbourne in the Elimination Final at the MCG.
He carried this form in to 2015 with a career-best six goals against Brisbane in Round 8 en route to a team high 34 majors for the season. Under new coach John Worsfold, Daniher kicked 43 goals in 2016 despite the Bombers’ last place finish, producing a couple of Mark of The Year contenders along the way. After finishing second in the club’s Best and Fairest, Daniher showed plenty of ability and excitement leading into the 2017 season.
2017 was Daniher’s best season to date. Joe kicked 65 goals for the year, won the Mark of The Year, selected in the All Australian team and finished the season with his first Crichton Medal (Essendon’s Best and Fairest). Joe now stands alongside uncles Neale and Terry Daniher in the recipients of the the prestigious award. Joe has shown immense ability as a young key forward and arguably poses as one of the most exciting players to emerge in game. He has been the club’s leading goal-kicker since 2014, a remarkable effort. Joe holds an exciting future ahead and will look to further impose in the upcoming 2018 season.