Essendon's Joe Daniher at a training session at the Hangar in May. Picture: Michael Willson

JOE Daniher will hold a meeting with Essendon over the next 24 hours where he is expected to inform the Bombers he wants to join Brisbane.

Daniher is making his way towards Brisbane after a camping trip in central Queensland where he has been considering his future. 

Multiple sources close to the deal spoken to by believe the gun forward has made a call and landed on the Lions.

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The Bombers later confirmed Daniher's decision on Wednesday via a statement attributed to list manager Adrian Dodoro.

"We put forward a contract offer to Joe, but he has expressed his strong desire to live away from Melbourne," Dodoro said.

"We understand that free agency is part of our industry and he has a right to explore his options."

It is understood the Lions' medical history in rejuvenating injured players was a major factor in pushing the 2017 All-Australian towards Brisbane over suitors that include Geelong and Sydney.

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He has also sounded out several Brisbane players about the move.

As a restricted free agent, Daniher's contract will be able to be matched by the Bombers should they wish to force a trade.

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The Lions currently have two first-round picks – their own and one tied to Port Adelaide which was attained during last year's Trade Period.


It will leave the Bombers' tall forward stocks reduced to just James Stewart, Harrison Jones and swingman Cale Hooker after they delisted Shaun McKernan and developing tall Noah Gown post-season.

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It also comes just a day after out-of-contract Bombers speedster Adam Saad requested a move to Carlton on a five-year deal.


Plus, contracted livewire forward Orazio Fantasia is contemplating a move back to South Australia after undergoing independent medical testing in recent weeks.

The Lions have been scouring the market for a key forward to assist Eric Hipwood and Dan McStay in attack and settled on Daniher.

They will back their medical department in to turn him around after recent success with Lincoln McCarthy and Grant Birchall who will both play in next week's preliminary final.

The Lions are also strongly considering a move for injury-plagued Geelong bull Nakia Cockatoo to add explosive pace to its front half.

Nakia Cockatoo celebrates a goal during the 2017 preliminary final between Adelaide and Geelong at Adelaide Oval on September 22. Picture: AFL Photos