MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 19: Joe Daniher of the Bombers kicks a goal during the 2019 AFL round 05 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Essendon Bombers at Marvel Stadium on April 19, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

Brisbane have entered the race for out-of-contract Essendon star Joe Daniher, reports The Age’s Sam McClure.

However, the Lions are keen to see him play this season before formally deciding to pursue him in the off-season.

The 26-year old is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, meaning the Bombers have the right to match any offer he receives.

Daniher hasn’t played since Round 9 last year after being hampered by ongoing groin issues.

The Bombers remain confident that he will play senior football this season despite suffering a recent calf setback.

He sensationally requested a trade to the Sydney Swans in the off-season but was denied the move by Essendon.