Essendon coach John Worsfold won’t force Joe Daniher to change his ways, pointing to Josh Kennedy as proof that unorthodox set shots can work.
Daniher has booted 38.30 this AFL season and will be desperate to improve his accuracy during the off-season.
The forward’s set-shot confidence has shrivelled to a point where he is now often opting for a round-the-body snap instead of the traditional drop punt – even after marking straight in front of the posts.
Coleman medal winners Matthew Lloyd and Jason Dunstall have been among many pundits to recently criticise the 22-year-old’s approach.
Worsfold suggested Daniher didn’t need to adopt a textbook routine – provided he starts converting more chances.
“It is (sustainable) but if he’s going at 50 per cent accuracy like he did on the weekend it won’t be,” Worsfold said.
“Joe feels right now that’s the best way for him to deliver a goal for the team. I’m comfortable with that.
“I don’t know what the answer is long term .. don’t know what Joe’s aims will be. He’ll come to that conclusion.”
Worsfold coached Kennedy at West Coast and recalled it being a similar situation.
“I had a lot of people tell me when Josh Kennedy was doing his stutter kick that he should stop doing it. I said if he’s kicking the goals, I don’t really care what it looks like,” he said.
“I’m sorry if you’re not happy with it but if he’s kicking goals with the accuracy we expect, then it doesn’t matter.”
Daniher’s development and knack of pulling in contested marks, including a couple of spectacular Mark of the Year contenders, has enhanced his status as a fan favourite this year.
The father-son draftee could become among the most potent forwards in the league if he is able to fix his radar.
“Joe needs to be clear on what his pathway forward is to becoming an elite set-shot goalkicker,” Worsfold said.
“That could be a mentor, that could be working with (assistant coach) Hayden Skipworth or changing his action.
“I could give you a list of other bits of advice we’ve had from supporters but it’s quite long .. we’ll support him.”