The only reason I would be reluctant to pay him $1M+ is because of salary cap pressures. Been there and done that. The guy is a star and a marquee player no doubt.
WHY LYON WOULDN’T PAY DANIHER A MILLION DOLLARS
BY SEN 2 HOURS AGO
Champion Melbourne forward Garry Lyon says Joe Daniher’s wild accuracy issues are holding him back from being a million dollar commodity.
After the AFL announced nine players got paid in seven-digits last season, Lyon and former Essendon captain Tim Watson named who their think deserves to be getting paid a million dollars.
Both men left Daniher off the list, despite the Bomber kicking 65 goals last year and showcasing his immense athletic capabilities.
According to Lyon, a lack of faith in his set shot accuracy is the major hurdle to paying the 24-year-old a major salary.
“I couldn’t pay a man a million dollars who stands in front of the goals 35 metres out, and I’m not guaranteed he will put it through the sticks, let alone the point posts, and is still a chance to put it out of bounds on the full,” he told SEN Breakfast.
Champion Data ranked Daniher average in the shot at goal accuracy category last season, but it did improve by 10 percent from 2016.
Watson agreed with Lyon, saying, “he is getting there, but I don’t think he is quite there yet.”
Essendon’s 2018 campaign begins on Friday March 23 against Adelaide.