Former Dogs skipper Bob Murphy believes Joe Daniher’s return to the Bombers will not be as awkward as people think.
However, the Bombers were unable to strike a deal with the Swans and the full-forward will be forced to honour the final year of his contract at the club.
Speaking on SEN’s Bob & Andy, Murphy said he believes the playing group will not hold anything against Daniher and the former All-Australian will be reintegrated into the playing group quickly.
“Will there be teething problems with him coming back into the fold? No, I don’t think so,” said Murphy.
“First up, first day of training, they’ll make a bit of a joke, everyone has a bit of a laugh, back in the fold and down to business.
“I think particularly with this generation it’s not such a big deal. They will have a laugh about it, they’ll take the edge out of it.”
While Murphy believes returning to Tullamarine will ultimately be easy for Daniher, the Dogs club legend still thinks the injury-prone forward will be nervous in the lead up to preseason.
“This is probably the hardest bit for Joe because you’re not back at the club yet. The first night before training, I imagine Joe will be really edgy,” said Murphy.
“Of course there’s a challenge. I don’t think it will be as awkward as some people might think.”
Murphy also believes the leadership group at the Bombers will play a key role in bringing Daniher back into the fold.
“I would think it’s not on Joe (to make first contact with his teammates),” Murphy said.
“Dyson Heppell and the other leaders, they would be conscious of this and would want to make it the best situation possible.”