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)

Geelong are believed to have entered the race for Essendon free agent Joe Daniher, per The Age’s Jake Niall.

After requesting a trade to Sydney in 2019, many clubs believe the 26-year-old will be available to lure away from Windy Hill this year, with the Lions, Swans and Cats now interested in the key forward.

Daniher remains a restricted free agent with the Bombers, meaning Essendon can match a bid made by a rival club and potentially force a trade.

The Cats hold three first-round selections for the 2020 draft, with the club set to have a large impact in the upcoming free agency and trade window.

Geelong have already enquired about Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch and Melbourne onballer Jack Viney, with the pair also set as restricted free agents.

Daniher has looked to escape Melbourne in the last 12 months, with the Bomber residing in Daylesford, two hours from the Melbourne CBD.

The question surrounding Daniher’s free agency or trade value remains unclear, with the star forward perhaps losing some shine after missing a majority of the 2020 season with injury.

His return to the game however, suggests there is plenty of good football left if he can remain healthy.

According to The Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph, the Bombers will look to match any offer they can for Daniher when clubs begin to ask the question.