Wright shies away from Daniher comparisons

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Peter Wright has shied away from inevitable comparisons with Joe Daniher, insisting that he will focus only on making himself a better footballer.

Wright, 24, was on Tuesday traded from Gold Coast to Essendon on a three-year deal, with the Bombers giving up only a future fourth-round draft pick for the big man's services.

Peter Wright (right) in action for the SunsCredit:Getty Images

The 203-centimetre Wright said he had used his season on the outer to build his game.

“I’m working hard and even if I wasn’t playing at the level I wanted this year I could see a lot of growth in my game,” Wright said.

“I’m starting to really understand my game and what is my best football and how I can go about achieving that on a weekly basis.

“It is a journey, but I feel like I’m understanding what my best football looks like and how to achieve that and also working through the mental side of the game and the challenges that come with that.”

Essendon recruiting chief Adrian Dodoro hailed the acquisition.

“Given Peter’s strong marking and goalkicking ability, we think this is a quality acquisition for our forward line and ruck division. At 24, he’s in a key age profile for our list and should be entering the peak of his career, so it’s a real win for us to bring in someone who we know can be an asset to our playing group," Dodoro said.

“Peter is originally a local boy, hailing from Moonee Ponds, and it’s a nice homecoming for him after six seasons with the Gold Coast Suns. We’re excited to see Peter become an important player for our side in years to come.”

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