MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 07: Joe Daniher of the Bombers marks the ball one handed during an Essendon Bomber AFL pre-season training session at True Value Solar Centre on November 7, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Garry Lyon believes Joe Daniher is the most promising young key forward in the game.

Lyon has tipped the 22-year-old to have a breakout season, citing Cale Hooker’s return to the forward 50 as the potential catalyst for Daniher’s rise.

“Joe Daniher, of all the group of emerging key forwards, he is the one for me that has got the biggest upside,” Lyon said on SEN Breakfast.

“Joe Daniher has had as hard a couple of years coming into AFL footy as you can possibly have.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 08: Joe Daniher of the Bombers takes a mark during the Essendon Bombers AFL intra-club match at True Value Solar Centre on February 8, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

“He is a big, tall kid who has had to play key position forward with no support because of circumstances and also because of the way that they played from time to time – they allowed opposition players to play two or three back on him.

“I know his kicking has been problematic… but if Hooker can play there, Francis can play there – to have three different viable options, if you have Daniher one out you’ll see a player that I think is pretty special.”

Hooker confirmed his move to the forward 50 to SEN, saying he has been training there for most of the pre-season.

“At the moment I have been training as a forward so it gives Woosha plenty of options heading into the season,” he said.

“I’m looking to get a good chemistry with Joe Daniher and a few of the other forwards. We’re building on that.

“The exciting thing for us is that we’re building on the chemistry of the team. We’ve made a lot of good steps already.

“We are going to be building throughout the year and we are going to become a better and better team as the year goes on.”