Essendon's much-hyped forward Joe Daniher says the abundance of key talls at the Bombers could help fast-track rather than hinder his development, as he looks to become a permanent fixture up forward.
While the competition for spots has been tough for Daniher in his debut season, he said other tall forwards such as Stewart Crameri, Michael Hurley, Scott Gumbleton, Paddy Ryder, David Hille and Tom Bellchambers have provided some useful feedback.
He described the forward line as a ''tight-knit'' group, despite some being forced to miss out on spots.
Hille, Gumbleton and Daniher have all struggled to gain regular spots in the forward line this season.
''For me, being a first-year player, it's great to develop with guys like Hurley and Ryder and Crameri and Scotty Gumbleton,'' Daniher said.
''It's great people to be able to bounce ideas off and get feedback from and it's only going to help me improve in the future.
''So being able to work with them and our forward coach Matty Egan has been great just to get the best out of ourselves.
''We'll just keep chipping away but if the forward line in the seniors is holding up well and they keep winning a score, there's not too much of a need to change it, but if me and Scott [Gumbleton] keep putting in performances in the twos and put our names up for selection, and we'll just keep chipping away.''
Daniher, who has played two AFL matches so far, said he hoped to improve and gain extra muscle over the off-season in order to press for a regular role next season - but he still has hopes of playing a vital role in the Bombers' surge towards finals this year.
''It was obviously a great experience just to get the monkey off the back and get the first one [game] out of the way and again to get a win against Carlton was huge, but I'll learn from it and keep developing and I'll hopefully keep improving,'' he said.
''The way the game's going at the moment, you have to be so fit and so strong just to be able to compete, so my fitness and my strength will be the two key areas that I'll be working on in the next few pre-seasons.''
Meanwhile, St Kilda midfielder Seb Ross starred for Sandringham with 30 disposals on Saturday to be in the mix for a senior recall next week. Tom Ledger also played one of his best games, with 27 disposals and two goals, while trying to restrict Western Bulldogs veteran Daniel Cross, who finished with 35 touches.