Essendon great Matthew Lloyd has put the heat on ex-Bomber Joe Daniher to improve his goal-kicking, suggesting his wayward kicking could cost Brisbane in a big game.
While his move to Brisbane has been a success, Daniher’s inaccuracy in front of goal has travelled with him from Essendon to Brisbane, with the 27-year-old kicking 17.15 so far this year.
The good and bad in Daniher’s game was once again on show in Brisbane’s win over Richmond in Round 10, with the left-footer picking up 18 disposals, but nailing just one of his five shots on goal.
Lloyd, who was once Daniher’s goal-kicking mentor at Essendon, hit back at suggestions that the Lions star has enjoyed an “incredible” start to the season at his new club.
“Incredible is a bit strong. He’ll be incredible when he starts kicking those goals,” he told Nine’s Footy Classified.
“He’s playing well, but still I’m forecasting to finals and to big games where they need to try and fight for top-two or top-four, and he’s still doing this.
“It’s always going to be in the back of my mind that it could come back to haunt Brisbane, and that stops him from being a great forward of the game.”
Lloyd’s comments come after former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon also criticised Daniher’s kicking, saying he held “grave concerns” for the Lions forward.
While Daniher is in his ninth AFL season, Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes said he still had time to correct his wayward kicking, pointing to Power veteran Robbie Gray as a good example.
“(Daniher’s) issue, if there is any blemish on his career, is that shot right there: 30 metres out directly in front,” he told Footy Classified.
“He’s kicked 13.3 for the year, Robbie Gray, and I think he’s one of the most clutch players in the game.
“He’s 32 years of age and he’s still working hard on his goal-kicking, so Joe’s not too old to fix that and come up with something that works for him. He has (been good), but he’s paid big money to kick those.”