You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Sport Top Stories

Joe Daniher: Sydney move might appeal to Essendon star, says Bob Murphy

Sporting News logo Sporting News 4 days ago
a man holding his hands up © Getty Images

Essendon forward Joe Daniher is already at the centre of one of the biggest trade stories of the season and Bob Murphy thinks there's a bit of fire to the smoke.

Bombers midfielder Zach Merrett kicked the rumour mill into gear again on Wednesday when he said his teammate had a decision to make.

"Joe's obviously got to make his mind up himself," Merrett told reporters in Melbourne.

"I think he's made it pretty clear that he's going to have a bit of time away and decide what he wants to do with his footy going forward.

"So the club's fully supportive of Joe and whatever he does and I hope that he's... at Essendon next year."

Those comments came on the back of reports last month that Daniher had met with Swans CEO Tom Harley.

The left-footer has spoken publicly since, but in most viewers' opinion, hadn't completely shut down the speculation.

Speaking on AFL360 on Wednesday, a question was put to the panel: "Hands up if you think Joe Daniher will be at Sydney next year?"

Three of the four raised their hands, with Nick Riewoldt the odd man out.

Murphy said while he thinks Daniher likes being an Essendon player, he mightn't appreciate the scrutiny and added pressure that comes from being in the Melbourne 'bubble'.

The former Bulldogs skipper expanded on that point on SEN radio.

"It felt to me when the connection with Joe and Sydney (emerged), I thought there’s something in that, there’s more to that," Murphy said.

"If I was Essendon I would think he’s gone, if I was an Essendon supporter, I would be preparing yourself – I think he’ll go.

"I think Sydney has a pull for certain players who don’t really want the limelight.

I think Joe loves his footy but he’s not a fanatic, he doesn’t seem to be a fanatic for the spotlight or for the bubble of Melbourne in the ‘footy world’.

"I think Sydney would have that appeal for him, he might have the view that he just needs a change. There’s just a gut feel for me that I think this is heading one way."

Daniher has played 104 games for the Bombers since his 2013 debut, kicking 188 goals.

Injuries have limited the 25-year-old to just 11 matches over the past two seasons and while he is contracted for 2020 at Essendon, there is a growing feeling that he may head north to the Swans.

Pictures: The greatest moments in AFL history

More from Sporting News

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon