Daniher hails Andrews influence

24 February 2021 19:18:32 GMTPlus10

Star Brisbane recruit Joe Daniher says the transition to his new club has been smooth and that in part is down to gun defender Harris Andrews.

Daniher has been dogged by injury problems over the past few seasons but since moving to the Lions from Essendon in last year's Trade Period, it has been a case of so far so good.

The forward has remained injury free, has trained hard and has also caught the eye during match simulation sessions.

He has been matched up against Andrews in such sessions and Daniher says that has helped as he looks to get up speed ahead of round one.

"It's been a really smooth transition," he said. "I'm enjoying getting out and training with the boys. Football's a lot more enjoyable when you can get out and work hard and train hard with your teammates.

"It has been a while since I've been able to get out and complete the work I've wanted to complete.

"As I'm well aware you can't look too far ahead in this game. You blink and a few seasons might pass you by, so I'm just enjoying the moment now."

The 26-year-old has played just 15 games over the past three years, but the Lions fought hard to get him from Essendon as they knew a fit again Daniher could be the key to winning the flag.

The Lions have finished top two in the last two seasons but have been unable to go on and win the premiership.

Brisbane travel to Metricon Stadium to play Gold Coast in a practice match on Saturday when Daniher will make his first appearance in Lions colours.

The Lions are priced at 12/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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