MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28: Joe Daniher of the Bombers reacts after marking the ball in the opening minutes and then kicks a goal during the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Essendon Bombers at Ikon Park on February 28, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Essendon key forward Joe Daniher has denied rumours surrounding his meeting with Sydney CEO Tom Harley.

In an interview on Fox Footy’s On the Mark, Daniher revealed that he was in Sydney to meet with his surgeon and had Essendon’s blessing to speak to Harley.

Harley, who was announced as Sydney’s CEO this year, spent time with Daniher during his development at the AIS Academy, where the 41-year-old served as an assistant coach and mentor.

“So for those who don’t know, Tom was a mentor of mine whilst I was at the AIS Academy for two years and a really important part of my football development then,” he said.

“(I) went over to Tom’s house whilst he was babysitting the kids and had a good catch-up, and then headed on my way and caught up with the surgeon the next morning and got some reasonably positive news there.

“It was a great opportunity for me to ring a mentor of mine and catch up whilst I was in Sydney visiting my surgeon which has been blown out of proportion a little bit.

“But you know I’m really proud of the way that the footy club supports me to do things like this and we can squash that and move on.”

Daniher also stressed the importance of being a one-club player, and hopes to remain at the Bombers for the foreseeable future.

“I think that’s everyone’s ideal situation — is that they play for the one club,” he said.

“I’ve had a history with the Essendon Football Club since I can remember, since I was a little kid and I’m very proud to play for this footy club.”

The 25-year-old has played 104 in his seven seasons at the Bombers, but has been sidelined with osteitis pubis since round nine.