Lions thrilled with dynamic Daniher

Joe Daniher’s goal-kicking is a “work in progress”, with the Brisbane Lions happy to live with some inaccuracy from their prized off-season recruit such has been his all-round impact.

In 10 matches this season, Daniher has kicked 17 goals and 15 behinds, and booted just one six-pointer from five attempts in the Lions’ 28-point win over Richmond last Friday night at the Gabba.

It prompted Daniher’s former goal-kicking mentor at Essendon, Matthew Lloyd, to suggest the wayward kicking “could come back to haunt Brisbane” at the business end of the season.

“That stops him from being a great forward of the game” Lloyd told Footy Classified.

“He’ll be incredible when he starts kicking those goals.”

However, Lions coach Chris Fagan said Daniher was “not just a forward” and was a “very good all-round player”.

“There’s been chats about Joe Daniher’s goalkicking ever since he played AFL football. I think every year he plays there’ll be chats about it,” Fagan said.

“He misses the odd set shot just like everybody else does, but it seems to get highlighted.

“It’s something that he’s constantly working on and trying to get better at, as are all of our forwards, and probably as are all the forwards in the AFL.

“They don’t miss on purpose and it’s a work in progress for him.

“I looked at last week’s game and saw that Joe Daniher had 11 score involvements, and played a pretty good game.”

Joe Daniher has shown his all-round worth since joining the Brisbane Lions. Picture: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Fagan said he had only chatted briefly to Daniher about his goal-kicking.

“All players have to find their own way that suits them, that’s what works for them best under pressure,” he said.

“He might have been a little bit nervous about kicking around the corner because I hadn’t actually talked to him about it, and I did say to him this week ‘if you’re more comfortable kicking around the corner, I’m fine with that if that’s what makes you more accurate’.

“He hasn’t been with us for that long, we keep learning about him and he keeps learning about us.

“We were very hopeful that he could become our second ruck as well. I know the Daniher family well and I know his dad, and I know they feel like he plays his best footy when he can play a bit forward, a bit in the ruck and get involved in the game because he’s a very good all-round player – he’s not just a forward.

“We’re trying to use all his talents which is working quite well for us at the moment.”

The Lions are chasing a seventh successive win on Saturday when they host the GWS Giants at the Gabba.

“The games we’ve played against the Giants in the last two or three years have been very hard games of football, and we’re expecting exactly the same sort of grind on the weekend,” Fagan said.

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