Essendon Football Club can confirm Joe Daniher has indicated his desire to be traded to the Sydney Swans.

General manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro said the 25-year-old had cited a change in lifestyle and preference to live in Sydney as the motivating factor.

“The club acknowledges the reason behind this request from Joe, however he is a contracted player to the Essendon Football Club,” Dodoro said.

"He is a very highly regarded player at our club, and we have advised Joe that ultimately we want him playing for the Bombers in 2020.

“We will remain in contact with Joe’s management over the course of the upcoming AFL trade period.”

The club will make no further comment at this time.