Date of Birth: 03/02/1985
Club: Collingwood FC
Games (Goals): 257 (163)
Recruited From: 2002 NAB AFL Draft, Pick 2 from Peel Thunder (WAFL)
AFLPA Best First Year Player 2003
International Rules Series 2003, 08 & 13
AFL Goal of the Year 2004
Runner Up Club Best & Fairest 2006
Club Best & Fairest 2011 & 13
Daniel burst onto the AFL scene in 2003 after being selected by the North Melbourne Football Club at Pick 2 in the 2002 Draft from Peel Thunder. A naturally gifted athlete, Daniel used his assets to break the lines and be an offensive weapon for the Kangaroos which resulted in him being voted by his peers as the AFLPA Best First Year Player. This result came as no surprise to North Melbourne who closely tracked him in his final season for Peel Thunder as a then 17 year old blew the competition apart finishing second in the Sandover Medal awarded to the Leagues Best & Fairest player, despite only playing 14 games.
His dash and skill makes him the perfect modern day player which every team craves to have in their team. However after dominant seasons across 2010 to 2013 which included two club Best & Fairest's, Daniel's output in 2014 & 2015 was limited due to two injuries which were hard to shake, however he bounced back to career best form in 2016, showing his ability to break open the game from both inside and outside the stoppage.
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Daniel made the tough decision to leave the Kangaroos and join Collingwood as a Free Agent. Daniel is forever grateful of his time at the Roos where he shared many fond memories, however he has enjoyed the new challenges of joining the Pies and being able to re-establish himself. Unfortunately he has suffered a few setback including a serious achilles injury in 2018, however his recovery has gone well and he is excited to get back out on the ground in 2019.
Away from football, Daniel enjoys his golf and spending time with his wife Ria, and beautiful daughter Laudate.