St Kilda midfielder Dan Hannebery could put his hand up for selection to play in the Saints' must-win clash against the Giants next Friday night after completing a searching workout at the AFL's transition hub on Friday alongside Richmond's Shane Edwards and Geelong's Gary Ablett.
Jarryd Roughead, who is travelling with Hannebery to assist his preparation, said the coaches and medical staff would decide whether to bring the 29-year-old in for the final match but it was worth considering with the premiership Hawk saying the premiership Swan might have the same impact on the Saints as Stuart Dew had on his Hawks teammates in 2008.
Dan Hannebery with Saints assistant Jarryd Roughead.Credit:Getty Images
Hawthorn upset Geelong in the 2008 grand final with Dew playing a match-winning cameo in the third quarter to break the game open.
St Kilda have lost three of their past four, with the match against the Eagles turning in the second quarter when they began to lose the battle around the contest before they failed to capitalise on their chances early in the final quarter when they had momentum.
Hannebery's presence would be useful in helping the team work their way through lapses in games with Roughead, who watched it from the quarantine hub, saying the Saints had already taken steps forward but a finals appearance would be great for their supporters.
"It's not ideal that we have lost three of the last four but you can still learn a fair bit from this year," Roughead said.
"In a sense it might help them grow into the future with little hard moments in their careers they are growing together and learning how to win."
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