Bombers stand by Daniher decision

23 May 2020 20:26:07 GMTPlus10

Essendon list boss Adrian Dodoro insists he has no regrets over the handling of Joe Daniher's trade request last year.

The 26-year-old is expected to move to Sydney as a restricted free agent at the end of this season.

His request to be traded to the Swans last year went unfulfilled, as the Bombers failed to agree terms.

They are potentially only in line for a second-round compensation draft selection if Daniher - who remains on the injury list - decides to leave during this year's trade period.

There has been criticism that the Bombers turned down what could have been two first-round draft picks last year in order to keep hold of the four-time leading goalkicker.

But list and recruitment manager Dodoro said he and the club believe they made the right move.

"It's amazing the vitriol at the moment in the media about Joey, but we as a club stand by our decision to retain Joey. He is an incredibly talented player," he added.

"Absolutely no regret whatsoever, obviously there's been discussions in the media at the moment about what a trade would've looked like, I can assure all Essendon supporters we looked at all possible scenarios and what we would've got and we felt that we weren't gonna get anywhere near the compensation for Joe."

Dodoro said he was "quietly optimistic" Daniher, who has kicked 188 goals in 104 games for the club, would stay with the Bombers beyond this season.

The 2017 All-Australian is hoping to return to action later in the season after being sidelined with a groin problem.

"We back our medical team, our fitness staff, we're taking the long game with Joey, we understand that he's still a young player and he's got a lot of good years ahead of him," said Dodoro.

"We're quietly optimistic that it might take a little bit longer but we're gonna get him on the park and hopefully he'll be an Essendon player for many years to come."

Essendon are 51.00 to win the Grand Final.

The Bombers are 21.00 to reach the Grand Final.

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