AFL: Matthews and Lynch advise Lions to succeed without Daniher

Two Brisbane Lions legends believe the club still has the best chance of ending the AFL Premiership drought despite Joe Daniher’s shoulder injury.

As good as Brisbane striker Joe Daniher is, he is not “indispensable” at a Brisbane club that has never been in a better position to end a 19-year premiership drought.

This is the opinion of two of the key pillars of the Lions’ three-time Premiership-winning performance from 2001 to 2003: AFL manager and legend Leigh Matthews and forward Alastair Lynch.

Daniher avoided shoulder surgery which he damaged in Brisbane’s impressive 24-point weekend win over the Swans at the SCG.

However, the former Essendon star will miss four to six weeks of action.

But Lions don’t need to panic, according to Lynch, who said Daniher shouldn’t be rushed back even if the recovery period were to exceed six weeks.

“Give Joe plenty of time to put his shoulder back – there’s no rush to get back,” Lynch said.

“Doctors are quite conservative. They would make sure you do the right thing on his part, so rest and do it right.

“Lions are the best equipped in the league to cover an injury or two. They have six or seven players spinning along the attacking line and any of them can really hurt the opposition.

“I don’t think (Daniher’s unavailability) is a problem and they have such a uniform spread of goalkeepers. Last year they had six players who scored more than 25 goals, so they are not reliable on one player to score goals. “

Matthews, a Lions council member, said Brisbane was obviously a better team with Daniher on hand.

“But do you think they’re going to lose every week just because he’s not there?” Matteo said.

“No one is indispensable – this is the bottom line.”

Matthews said the second-placed Lions, who will aim for a seventh win out of eight games when they host the struggling West Coast Eagles at the Gabba on Saturday night, were “the best” to win the premiership from the club’s hat-trick of flags.

“I’m in the baseball field. All you can be is in the baseball field and be at the top of the ladder, “she said.

“Everyone is trying to win enough games to finish in the top two of the table because then you get the home state advantage in the finals. This is the long-term goal.

“Premierships are won in the last two weeks of the year. All you can do is stay alive until then. “

Lynch said Lions “clearly” had the best chance of winning a flag for the first time since 2003.

“On every line they are clearly a better team than last year,” Lynch said.

Originally published as Brisbane Lions greats Leigh Matthews and Alastair Lynch say Joe Daniher isn’t “indispensable”