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Sport Essendon coach John Worsfold lifts lid on Joe Daniher trade saga, coaching handover

06:45  13 november  2019
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Essendon forward Joe Daniher 's future at the Bombers is up in the air, with Sydney knocking on his door. However, Essendon coach John Worsfold is “I’ve stated it several times, I want to see Joey getting back to playing his absolute best footy and being a superstar of the Essendon footy club … so

Joe Daniher (born 4 March 1994) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Essendon coach John Worsfold has no doubts wantaway forward Joe Daniher is fully committed to the Bombers' 2020 campaign, despite his well-publicised desire to join the Swans this off-season.

Daniher, who remains contracted to the Bombers until the end of next season, had a trade request to Sydney during this year's exchange period fall through after both club's failed to reach a mutual agreement.

Speaking on SEN Breakfast, Worsfold shed light on the situation, and suggested the star forward would enjoy a strong season, despite his trade wishes being denied.

"All my experience says nothing changes with the player's attitude," he said.

John Worsfold wearing a red hat © Getty Images

"They are driven young athletes that want to achieve at the highest they can regardless of what may have transpired in terms of possibilities.

"They commit and then when they get through a season they sit down and reflect on that again.

"I've got no doubt Joe will be fully committed and I don't think we need to rebuild a bridge, we need to communicate with him and understand what has happened."

A big factor in Daniher's trade request was the 25-year-old's struggle with groin injuries over the past two seasons, which limited him to just 11 games in that time.

Worsfold revealed the 2017 All-Australian had been based in Ireland in recent weeks with a club physio and James Stewart, and was confident he'd return home ready to rip into pre-season training.

"He's been away and had a good break, he's been in Ireland on a training program with James Stewart and one of our physiotherapists," the premiership-winning coach said.

"The physio got back the other day and said everything went well and Joe was great and looked like Joe and was up and about.

"I can't wait to have him back training with us because we haven't had him on the track a lot."

Worsfold's time at Tullamarine as senior coach winds down in the 2020 season, as he prepares to hand the reigns to current assistant Ben Rutten in 2021.

Having led the Bombers to two finals series during his three seasons at the club, Worsfold says he's excited for the challenge that will come with the succession plan.

"I don't have any fears and no hesitancy, but I know it's going to be hard work," Worsfold told SEN.

"We've got to be committed to it and our communication between Ben and myself has to be spot on.

"I think he's going to do a wonderful job for the footy club but it's going to be massive change for him when he does step in as senior coach."

Asked why he believes it'll be a successful experiment, Worsfold said: "Because I'm committed to it and Ben's really excited about it."

"Between us we've had a lot of discussions and there'll be other things that come up where we'll say 'okay who's taking lead responsibility in this area' but I'm excited about that.

"We've already sort of set the platform with how we're operating through this pre-season and then once the season gets closer we'll have a much better idea of how we want to operate.

"There'll be certain things that I'll be in charge of through the first part of the year and then there'll be a gradual handover."

Daniher reveals real motivation for trade request .
Essendon star Joe Daniher revealed the frustrations that were behind his decision to request an AFL trade to Sydney. Daniher, who played just 11 games for the Bombers across 2018 and 2019 requested a trade to the Swans this year but they were unable to strike a deal and he returned to Essendon. "I obviously requested a trade to the Sydney Football Club after a long period of time working closely with family and friends, I felt it was the best move for me to freshen up and have a fresh start," Daniher said on Thursday.

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