Bombers share Daniher blame - Tredrea

21 May 2020 18:27:39 GMTPlus10

Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro isn't solely to blame for the club's failed Joe Daniher trade, insists Port Adelaide legend Warren Tredrea.

The Bombers face losing their four-time leading goalkicker for next to nothing at the end of this season.

They rejected Sydney's reported bid of two first-round draft picks last year, preferring to keep hold of the forward for the last year of his contract.

Their inability to come to a deal with the Swans last year has proved doubly costly, as Daniher is still "a fair way off" returning to action, according to coach John Worsfold.

But Tredrea is sure that Essendon's failure was a collective one, rather than just something to lay at the door of Dodoro.

Daniher wanted to move, but his trade request was blocked by Essendon, and Tredrea said: "It falls on everyone because I can tell you right now inside football clubs there are list remuneration committees. It's not like Dodoro can just go, 'I'm giving seven years at a million dollars, I don't care what it is'.

"They have to sign off on the board. The senior coach has to be across it, a football manager, a list manager, a recruiting manager.

"It's a collaborative decision. Dodoro is the man that faces it, but there is a lot of people behind the scenes."

Tredrea believes Daniher's injury struggles were likely to have played a major part in his attempt to force his way to Sydney.

"For him, he sits there and goes, 'I'm a Bomber, I love the Bombers, but if they're not getting the best out of me or I can't get the best out of myself and I feel reluctant and I've lost a bit of hope in the program ... it's okay to look elsewhere'," he said.

"The reality is if you're not happy and not enjoying your footy, and I think a part of injuries comes from the mental side ... then you're always going to be looking at an option that you think can make you a better footballer."

Daniher kicked 170 goals across four seasons starting in 2014, but since the start of 2018 he has only played 11 games and booted 15 majors.

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