The forward told Fox Footy post-match that he’s confident he can get through the rest of the 2020 season and will ‘keep keep moving forward’ with the Bombers.
“I feel really good and I’ve got the training in, so I’ve been working hard and hopefully continue to play out this year and keep moving forward with this footy club,” he said.
“The boys’ support has been fantastic so I had to come out and help them tonight so it feels good.”
Daniher played a major role in his side’s incredible second-half fightback against Hawthorn, kicking three goals with 14 disposals and 10 marks after hardly seeing it in the first half.
— Todd Davey (@ToddJDavey) August 27, 2020
“It was good to just get out here and blow the cobwebs out,” he said.
“I was pretty pathetic in the first half, along with the rest of our talls, but we got back into the game and managed to get the win.”
Essendon coach John Worsfold spoke glowingly of Daniher’s first game since Round 9 last year, reminding everyone just how good of a player he really is.
“I think everyone will be happy to see Joey back out there playing footy and enjoying himself,” he said at last night’s press conference.
“He’s been committed to getting himself back to this point. He’s had setbacks, it’s been frustrating and there’s no question he would have had doubts at some points about what’s going wrong here.”
Daniher said that while it was amazing to be part of a remarkable win, there was still plenty for the Bombers to work on for the rest of the season.
“It was a pretty disappointing first half to be honest, it’s not going to hold up for our footy club,” he said.
“We managed to stick to the process and come out and get a win. But we’re not playing as well as we like. We’re not sticking to our game plan as much as we want, so we’ll work on that.”
I seriously seriously love Joe Daniher. To kick 3.3, have 10 marks, 4 contested, 8 score involvements and 14 touches in your first game is a monster effort coming back from a 430+ day lay off. Made every bomber forward 10% better and had a massive impact. Welcome back Joey.
— JG (@JG2325) August 27, 2020