Daniel was joined by Marcus Bontempelli and Jack Macrae in the All-Australian side this week and it was the 24-year-old’s first appearance after a season where his elite kicking skills have stood out.
“My vision sets me apart a little bit, I can see some targets up the field that other players can’t,” Daniel said.
“But I have to give full credit to the training staff and coaches as we are one of the only sides I’ve heard of that comes out from day one in pre-season using the footy.
“That really helps being able to train and hone your craft.”
Macrae proudly welcomed his All-Australian selection but has his sights on leading the side’s younger players into the elimination final.
“I don’t know how many of us played in 2015 or 2016 [finals] but it would be less than half the side,” Macrae said.
“That’s my role; To help bring these young guys along and show them the way.”
Off the field, Macrae’s little brother Finlay is among the leading under-18 players in Victoria and has been trying to prepare for the draft while not playing games.
Macrae has been, from the club’s Queensland hub, helping his brother prepare for interviews with AFL clubs.
“It’s a challenging year for all the under-18 players trying to keep fit and mentally ready,” Macrae said.
“Hopefully he can manage to play a bit of footy later in the year. It’s very different. We have been talking all the time about things in training he can do to stay ready and keep improving too.
“He’s handled it really well.
“He’s similar to me. He’s probably got a few of my good traits and managed to shed a few of my bad ones.”
Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.