100 games in to his AFL career, Joe Daniher has quickly laid claim to being one of the AFL’s most exciting forwards.
Touted as one of the best to come through the TAC Cup system, Daniher was selected 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.
In his second season, Daniher saved the best for last, 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.
2017 was undoubtedly Daniher’s best season to date. The Anzac Medal, 65 goals to place third in the Coleman, Mark of The Year, selection in the All Australian team and his first Crichton Medal as Essendon’s Best and Fairest was a superb haul.
After an injury interrupted 2018, Daniher is poised to return and boost the Bombers significantly in 2019.
Daniher is one of Nike’s key AFL athletes. Off-field, he devotes significant time supporting the Fight against MND alongside his uncle Neale Daniher.