Daniel has had a horror run with injuries since entering the AFL after he was selected with pick 35 in the 2011 National Draft.
He had a very good debut season at VFL level in 2012 playing 14 games and kicking 10 goals playing across half forward and through the midfield for Sandringham. His best game came in the first final where he had 23 possessions and kicked 3 goals.
Unfortunately Daniel suffered a knee injury late in 2012 on St Kilda’s preseason trip to Colorado which saw him miss the entire 2013 season. His diligence to his rehabilitation left the St Kilda hierarchy very impressed and he was rewarded with a contract for 2014.
He started the 2014 season well with Sandrigham before he injured his hamstring and missed the second half of the season.
He will enter the 2015 preseason fully fit and will be a big part of St Kilda’s push up the ladder for years to come.
Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?
A: I played for Macedon Junior Football Club. The highlight for me was kicking 9 goals in one game and winning a premiership with Macedon seniors when I was 18. I also had one year at Calder Cannons as a 19 year old.
Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?
A: Gary Ablett Junior. I was a Geelong supporter and I enjoyed watching Ablett just because he was the best player in the competition and he does things that I wish I could do.
Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?
A: I was at home with some close family and friends who helped me celebrate after I got picked up.
Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?
A: Doing the warm up with the senior team when I was an Emergency was pretty good. Also just meeting all the great players at St Kilda like Lenny Hayes and Nick Riewoldt has been a highlight too.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?
A: Basketball. I love watching the NBA. I also study Health and Science at Melbourne University so that keeps me pretty busy when I’m not at the club.
Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?
A: I’d be studying full time and playing as many sports as possible.