St Kilda recruit Dan Hannebery and draftee Max King have both circled the Saints’ round 14 clash with Brisbane to make their debuts for the club.
Hannebery made the move to St Kilda during the trade period from Sydney, while King was taken with the fourth pick of the 2018 AFL Draft, and came into the 2019 season after suffering an ACL injury last year.
The former Swan has struggled with leg injuries in the first half of the season, but SEN’s Sam McClure believes the pair are approaching full match fitness, which would see them take to Marvel Stadium in a fortnight.
“Jake Carlisle, Dan Hannebery and Max King all trained strongly today,” he told SEN Afternoons.
“Carlisle, incredibly, after having back surgery in March, was bedridden for a week and couldn’t run for a month, he’s scheduled to play a half in the VFL this weekend.
“He Hannebery and King will all play for Sandringham against Werribee on Sunday and all going well, Hannebery and King will debut for the Saints senior team in Round 14 against the Brisbane Lions.”
In more good news for the Saints, Jack Steven returned to the club and trained on Tuesday, after two months off dealing with mental health issues.
While Steven is still at least a month from senior football, McClure said he was out on the track trying to get back into the swing of things.
“It’s his first day back at the club in two months after taking some time out of the game to deal with ongoing mental health issues,” McClure said.
“He trained for the first time in eight weeks, albeit he didn’t do a whole heap and isn’t any closer to playing in the next four to six weeks.”