14/04/2024

Hannebery is in the frame to face the Cats. (Photo: @stkildafc/Twitter)

St Kilda forward Tim Membrey spoke on how Dan Hannebery and James Frawley have impacted the Saints off field.

While two of St Kilda’s recruits over recent years haven’t spent much time out on the park, they’ve still been just as valuable off field.

Saints forward Tim Membrey spoke to the media on Tuesday about Dan Hannebery and James Frawley and what they’ve brought to the Saints since they’ve arrived.

Hannebery is in the selection frame this week, with the 30-year-old getting through a scratch match unscathed. The last box to check off is to get through training.

“We know all the issues that Hanners has had this year with his body,” Membrey said.  

“It’s been frustrating for him and us as players would love to see him healthy and back out there playing. It was good to see him get through the weekend, they had a bit of a scratch match there and was able to get through that unscathed and play some good footy.

“Like always he’ll have to train well on Thursday and prove that he’s fit and ready, but it will be exciting if he comes in.”

Membrey said there is a difference in the group when Hannebery is out on the track.

“I think there is a contrast when he’s out there training.

“The intensity and what he brings around the footy and he’s really strong, in tight, clean and that’s something that we’ve probably lacked a little bit this year.

“Just his ball use as well, he’s really composed with the footy and that’s what he brings at training and he certainty hasn’t lost any of that. We’re excited if he gets through training on Thursday and puts his hand up and hopefully he comes in.”

Injured St Kilda star Dan Hannebery celebrates with Sandringham teammates on return from injury. (Photo: Sandringham Zebras)

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While his time at St Kilda wouldn’t have been how Hannebery would have liked, Membrey said that the playing group is always there for support.

“He’s an ultimate professional, he carries himself very well and I guess us as players are there to support him if he needs someone to talk to there is always someone there.

“He knows what he has to do and he’s got plenty of good people around him at the club that support him in that way.”

News broke on Tuesday that recruit James Frawley will miss the reminder of the season due to injury. Although he may be ruled out, Frawley will still be involved in the program

“Bit of a disappointing one for Chippa, he had surgery yesterday I think it was and all went well,” Membrey explained.

“He tried – he’s a tough character – [he] wanted to be out there playing but unfortunately, his shoulder wouldn’t let him.

:So, he went in yesterday to have surgery and all went well. He’ll be back amongst the group giving the boys plenty of spark.:

Frawley may not be out on the park, but Membrey said that he’s still making an impact around the club.

“He probably hasn’t been out there as much as he’d liked just due to injury but off the field, a bloke that’s been there and won a premiership.

“Just the experience [he brings], he’s worked really closely with our young key defenders, done a really good job there.

“[He knows] what it’s like to be in an environment that’s successful like he was at Hawthorn, and [he’s been able to] bring some of that across. The energy, just sparking up the boys at training and make it a professional environment.”

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