St Kilda recruit Dan Hannebery is edging closer to a return after joining the club’s main training group on Thursday morning.
The three-time All-Australian has been plagued with countless injuries since moving clubs, delaying any chance of a debut in the red, white and black.
Hamstring and calf worries have halted the 28-year-old’s progress all year, but he is slowly making himself available for the second half of the season.
Saints forward Josh Bruce spoke about the 28-year-old’s arrival, and how he seems desperate to take on a heavy workload.
“I know from experience, the first thing you want to do (at a new club) is train every session and play every game. To not be able to do that is obviously very frustrating for Dan,” Bruce told the media on Thursday.
“He’s settled in really well with the playing group and we’re all really excited to have him out there.
“We’ve just got to tell him to slow down a bit and make sure he gets a good training block in and we’ll get him out on the field hopefully in a few weeks’ time.”
Hannebery, who played 208 games for the Swans, has been known for his contested work over the years and should help the likes of Jack Steele, Jack Steven and Seb Ross once fully fit.
In other injury news, Jimmy Webster is trying to overcome a sore hand and will need to prove his fitness before the match against Collingwood on Saturday at the MCG.