Ordinary Joe

If I asked you to rate the career of Joe Daniher to date out of ten, what number would you give it?

I asked this question of my fellow Mongrel writers recently and found that I had to revise the question and deliver it in two parts to get a more accurate set of answers. I came up with the following.

On a scale of one to ten, where does Joe Daniher’s career rate when compared with other key forwards currently in the league? And the second part; on a scale of one to ten, how does Daniher’s career rate when compared with the potential he displayed through his first five years in the game?

On the first point, I was a little harsher than my fellow writers – they seemed to hover around six out of ten. And I am assuming the best forward in the league would be Tom Hawkins, particularly if we’re looking at the last few years. I had Joe at a five.

In terms of the second question, things were reversed, with the highest score he received from the others being a three. I had him at four.

On average, writers from The Mongrel Punt had Joe Daniher rated as 5.75 as compared to the best forwards in the game, which given the most recent season would be Tom Hawkins, Jeremy Cameron, Tom Lynch, and Charlie Curnow. So just over half as good.

In terms of how he has delivered on his potential, we had him as a collective 2.75. So, he has delivered just over a quarter of what the writers expected from him.

I waver on Joe – I see a player that is a very “live in the moment” type of player. But I often find myself wondering just how good he could be if he had one whole year where he worked harder than he ever has. Maybe 2023 will be that year?


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