MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Dan Hannebery running a hard lap with teammates during a St Kilda Saints AFL Media Opportunity at Moorabbin Oval on November 15, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

St Kilda’s star recruit Dan Hannebery was forced to undergo hamstring scans after complaining of tightness this week.

While the examination showed no damage, the 27-year-old has been eased off training with hamstring awareness.

It comes after a heavy block of running prior to Christmas, with the former Swan joining in training early with the clubs first-to-fourth year players in the first week of November.

The triple All-Australian who arrived at Moorabbin on a lucrative five-year contract has put his body to the test in pre-season after several injury complaints in recent years.

Hannebery’s injury woes began in 2016 when he sustained a knee injury in the 2016 Grand Final. He then carried a groin complaint through 2017 before suffering a calf setback ahead of 2018 when he increased his running loads.

Separate groin and calf injuries in-season then hampered his 2018, when he averaged just 18.7 disposals in 15 matches in comparison to 2016 when he went at 30.9 touches a game.

Unveiled in the No. 10 at the Saints last month, a leaner Hannebery admitted that he “had a point to prove” to his critics.

Coach Alan Richardson was glowing in his praise of his new midfielder when speaking at the club’s annual general meeting on Tuesday night.

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“He couldn’t have been more impressive so far,” Richardson said.

“He’s a real leader, he’s quite an inspirational person.

“He’s had a couple of years, particularly last year (2018) where he’s been a little bit banged up but we’re really confident we’re going to get the best of Dan.

“We know the best of Dan was elite in the competition.”