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Wright shies away from Daniher comparisons

Unsurprisingly, Wright has been billed in some quarters as Daniher’s direct replacement, but the Bombers’ new recruit was keen to downplay that assertion on Tuesday.

“I do play a somewhat similar role but I’m not going to read too much into that and just focus on playing my best football,” Wright said.

“I still think I have a lot of improvement to come and all my energy will go into channelling that.”

Wright has been earmarked for a forward/ruck role with the Bombers but acknowledged that he wouldn’t walk into the Dons’ side automatically, despite their need to replace Daniher.

“From a football perspective I think it is a really good fit, I definitely see a role there. There are no guarantees and I’m not expecting to walk into a game right away,” he said.

“I’ll be working towards that but I definitely see me playing my best football in a role there where I can contribute and help drive the group forward.”

Peter Wright (right) in action for the Suns

Peter Wright (right) in action for the SunsCredit:Getty Images

The 203-centimetre Wright said he had used his season on the outer to build his game.

“I’m working hard and even if I wasn’t playing at the level I wanted this year I could see a lot of growth in my game,” Wright said.

“I’m starting to really understand my game and what is my best football and how I can go about achieving that on a weekly basis.


“It is a journey, but I feel like I’m understanding what my best football looks like and how to achieve that and also working through the mental side of the game and the challenges that come with that.”

Essendon recruiting chief Adrian Dodoro hailed the acquisition.

“Given Peter’s strong marking and goalkicking ability, we think this is a quality acquisition for our forward line and ruck division. At 24, he’s in a key age profile for our list and should be entering the peak of his career, so it’s a real win for us to bring in someone who we know can be an asset to our playing group,” Dodoro said.

“Peter is originally a local boy, hailing from Moonee Ponds, and it’s a nice homecoming for him after six seasons with the Gold Coast Suns. We’re excited to see Peter become an important player for our side in years to come.”

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