The Daily Telegraph AFL reporter Neil Cordy says Sydney aren’t giving up on out-of-form star Dan Hannebery, despite the midfielder’s lean run of form.
After an injury-interrupted lead-up to the season, Hannebery appears a shadow of the player he was at his peak, when the gut-running midfielder recorded three All-Australian gongs from 2013 to 2016, and won the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year award in 2015.
He is averaging just 18 possessions this year, his lowest since his debut season in 2009, but Cordy says the Swans are confident he can recapture his best form, despite suffering a calf injury in the Swans’ 12-point loss to Geelong on Thursday night.
“The Swans are quite positive, in spite of this latest injury, that he can get back to his best in the not too distant future,” he told SEN Afternoons.
“The word is that his physical parameters are improving and he’s getting back to his best, so he’s getting that strength back and the endurance, but the problem is he’s been so out of sorts he’s just out of form.”
Hannebery has been plagued by numerous injuries over his decorated career, including hurting his medial ligament in the 2016 Grand Final, but Cordy thinks it’s a bout of osteitis pubis in 2017 that has had the biggest impact on his nightmare run.
“The problem has been, he had an osteitis pubis injury last year which wasn’t an injury you can get surgery on, so he basically played through,” he said.
“The only solution for it is absolute rest, which he got in the pre-season, but then he’s not getting any work, and he tries to pack a full pre-season into about a month in February, and as fit as he is, he can’t make up that time, so he’s been behind the eight-ball.”
Listen to Neil Cordy’s chat to Andy Maher on SEN Afternoons in the player below