Essendon coach Ben Rutten insists it’ll take a crew effort to cease Joe Daniher in his first AFL match towards his former membership on Saturday evening.
Rutten earmarked the likes of Aaron Francis, Jayden Laverde and Jordan Ridley to every have turns at manning the All-Australian key ahead within the fixture on the Gabba.
It is probably the most anticipated grudge matches of the season however Rutten is not shopping for into the hype.
“I’ve heard of him earlier than,” Rutten joked in relation to Daniher.
“We confronted it in spherical two towards (one other former Bomber) Orazio (Fantasia) at Port Adelaide, he spent plenty of time right here as properly.
“However we’ll deal with him (Daniher) as we do all the opposite Brisbane gamers.”
Regardless of the big shadow Daniher casts over the match, and the data the membership possesses about the way in which he performs, Rutten mentioned his teaching crew hadn’t put an excessive amount of concentrate on him.
“Generally you will get a bit caught up in that,” he mentioned.
“They seem to be a fairly well-balanced crew throughout the board … we’ll have our palms full.”
Essendon’s backline can be additional bolstered this week by the doubtless inclusion of Mason Redman, who has recovered from a hamstring damage.
The Bombers struggled within the ruck throughout their slender loss to Sydney final week and so they come up towards one other formidable opponent in that division in Oscar McInerney.
Rutten mentioned Peter Wright and Nik Cox wanted extra assist from their midfielders to enhance their clearance work towards the Lions, and the Essendon coach had no qualms persevering with to make use of the versatile Cox at stoppages when wanted.
Rutten was assured that Cox would name Zach Merrett a teammate for some time but, as reviews surfaced this week that Port Adelaide had joined the queue of golf equipment wanting the star free agent’s signature.
“We’re actually snug with the place he is at and what we’re seeing on area from him is a good indication of the place his head’s at – he is actually engaged and dedicated,” Rutten mentioned of Merrett.
The Essendon coach instructed untried duo Nick Bryan and Zach Reid have been within the combine for choice, whereas Patrick Ambrose (foot) and James Stewart (hamstring) have been anticipated to be out there in coming weeks.
And Rutten was optimistic key backman Michael Hurley would play at some stage this season after being laid low with a nasty hip an infection earlier this 12 months.