MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Michael Hurley, Joe Daniher and Orazio Fantasia of the Bombers look on during the Essendon Bombers training session at The Hangar on January 12, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Joe Daniher has taken a major step towards being ready for round one by completing match simulation training, according to 1116 SEN. 

Daniher has spent a majority of the summer training away from the main group, played as a deep forward in the Essendon’s intra-club match at their Tullarmarine headquarters today.

The 24-year-old played the opening seven games in 2018 before being ruled out for the rest of the year with osteitis pubis.