The club publicly stated it would meet Daniher in grand final week to talk about his long-term future and yet both the Bombers and the player’s manager have refused to answer questions about Daniher since.
Players hoping for clarity on Tuesday night left the Crichton Medal ceremony empty handed, with both players tight-lipped about their future at the club.
Daniher has been diligent in his rehabilitation and hasn’t missed a strength-and-conditioning session at the Tullamarine headquarters since Essendon’s season finished.
Staff believe Daniher’s behaviour has been of a player fully committed to the club.
Fantasia’s locker has been cleaned out, though that’s not believed to be completely out of the ordinary given how fastidious the creative forward is with his cleanliness.
More than 20 Bombers players will fly to Sydney this week for a team getaway, although Daniher is believed to be jetting off overseas for a holiday.
Watson, who has long dismissed any trade talks linking Daniher to Sydney as far-fetched, changed his tune on Wednesday when discussing the situation with Melbourne great Garry Lyon.
“There is no doubt in my mind now that Joe would like to move from Essendon and go and play in somewhere like Sydney, because of all other things outside of football,” Watson said on SEN.
Daniher’s manager, Nigel Carmody of TLA, did not return calls when contacted by The Age and Essendon have refused to comment.
Sydney, too, are unwilling to publicly declare their interest in Daniher, although all parties are privately conceding that the meeting between Daniher and Swans CEO Tom Harley in August was “more than just a coffee”.
Intrigue surrounding Fantasia has slowly re-emerged, despite the player himself publicly dismissing a report linking him to a move to Port Adelaide in the trade period.
Fantasia avoided waiting media as he entered the club’s best-and-fairest ceremony and Port believe they are a genuine chance of snaring the South Australian this year.
“Once he has settled on who he is going to go with we will be able to have a conversation with whoever his manager is – to this point I have not had a conversation in regard to that,” football boss Chris Davies told Trade Radio.
“If he was [wanting a trade], we’d definitely want to be in the conversation.
“He has got some time to continue to think about what he wants to do.”
Fantasia’s situation has become complicated by the fact he is without a manager.
The 24-year-old recently split from Anthony McConville and is yet to sign with another agency, meaning Fantasia himself would have to request a trade from Essendon with two years left on his contract.
Sam McClure won the Clinton Grybas rising star award at the AFL media association awards in 2015.