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19th of July 2018


What's happened to Swans running man Hannebery?

At his best Dan Hannebery is a running machine, a midfielder who wins the ball at a contest then, through endurance rather than speed, powers to the next one to collect another possession, dropping his tiring opponent along the way.

This year, however, Hannebery is the player off the boil, the one being run off his legs when the play breaks into the open. When he does get the ball, his first thought appears to be to handball to release teammates into space rather than backing himself to get into the clear.

At a time when he should be at his peak, Hannebery is in the midst of his worst run since his debut season as a schoolboy.

Dan Hannebery is struggling to meet his usual high standards.

Dan Hannebery is struggling to meet his usual high standards.

Photo: AAP

His kicking, which at his prime was steady but not at the level one would expect from a three-time All Australian, is suffering now he does not have the running capacity or confidence to accelerate, to buy that extra split second to canvas his options before delivery.

Hannebery's performance against Richmond was not an aberration. His average disposal count of 19 is his lowest since 2009. His tackle numbers are down, so too his metres gained, while he has dropped to 18th at the Swans for score involvement after being in the top four in his peak years in 2015-16.

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