MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22: Dan Hannebery of the Saints looks dejected after losing the round 14 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Brisbane Lions at Marvel Stadium on June 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Former AFL players Dan Hannebery and Sam Naismith are set to reunite on the footy field this season, signing with VAFA Premier club Old Xaverians.

Both Hannebery and Naismith featured for Sydney in the 2016 AFL grand final, now joining former Dog Billy Gowers at Old Xaverians as the club celebrates their 100th anniversary season.

Gowers, who played for the Western Bulldogs from 2018-2020, was recently named vice-captain of the club for the 2023 season.

Hannebery retired from the AFL last year, dealt with an injury interrupted last few seasons at St Kilda, after 224 games at AFL level. The three-time All-Australian committed to the club last week, and is under no pressure to line up in Round 1.

Senior coach James Byrne welcomed Hannebery to the club, calling the former Saint and Swan a "phenomenal trainer".

“Dan's just jumped on board so we are looking forward to him coming in and setting a standard,” Byrne said to the Herald Sun.

“We know he is a phenomenal trainer and just an out and out professional.

“To get a person with his CV to the footy club is just phenomenal.”

Naismith meanwhile joins the club after departing the Swans in 2022 after managing just 30 games at senior level across an injury interrupted career.

The 30-year-old has also signed for VFL side Port Melbourne this season, set to play for the Xavs outside of his VFL commitments.