MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13: Dan Hannebery of the Swans (right) celebrates a goal with Gary Rohan of the Swans during the 2016 AFL Round 21 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Sydney pairing Gary Rohan and Dan Hannebery have both informed the Swans of their desires to return to Victoria during the upcoming trade period.

Rohan grew up in country Victoria and played for the Geelong Falcons before being taken with pick 6 in the 2009 AFL Draft by the Swans, while Hannebery has expressed his want to be traded to the Saints.

“I’m so grateful that the Swans drafted me to Sydney in 2009 and to spend the past 10 years here playing under coaches Paul Roos and John Longmire has been the best experience of my life,” Rohan told

“It’s a great club, I’ve made friends I’ll have for a lifetime and the support from all coaches, staff and my teammates over the years has been unbelievable.

“I’ve got a young family now and it’ll be really important for my family to be closer to home and if an opportunity comes up during the trade period I look forward to taking it and the next chapter of my life.”

Hannebery, a three-time All Australian and 2012 premiership player, thanked the Swans for his time at the club, with Sydney confirming he has chosen St Kilda as his preferred destination.

“I absolutely love this football club, I walked in here as a 17-year-old and was lucky enough to learn from some of the best leaders and players in the AFL,” Hannebery said.

“I’ve made life-long friends and will never forget what we’ve been through over the years. John Longmire, along with the senior players, current and past, never stopped showing me the way and I’m forever grateful for having such great people and influences throughout the 10 years.

“It has been the hardest decision I’ve had to make to date, especially with so many close friends, and as disappointing as it is to leave such a close group of people, I think the time is right to head back home if an opportunity arises during the trade period.”