Swans midfield star Dan Hannebery, spoke to the media at today's press conference and made no excuses for his poor form, taking responsibility and vowing to improve.
The Swans All Australian midfielder has admitted that he's playing through some pain, and while he hasn't had his usual impact, he admits that he hasn't been good enough for the Swans' in their disastrous 0-6 start to the season.
The prolific on-baller is well down on his 2016 All Australian form, averaging just 23.2 possessions per game, down from 30.8 disposals, when he was awarded with his third AA jumper and finished runner up in the Swans' best and fairest medal to captain Josh Kennedy.
He has reached his 2016 average just once this season; the trademark gut-running power that he's been renowned for over his 176-game career hasn't been there.
Hannebery failed to train with the main group on Wednesday, while he rejected a report on Channel Nine on Thursday suggested his slow start to the season could be attributed to osteitis pubis.
"I don't know how that came up, I've had a few niggles here and there, but so has every other player in the competition," Hannebery said.
"I've been 100 per cent fit to train at our main sessions and play, and feel really good going into games, so from that perspective I'm fine.
"My running during a game hasn't been affected by any niggles or injuries or anything like that.
"My form has been inconsistent at best, and it's been really disappointing, and like the rest of the group, especially the midfielders, I'm working hard to rectify it."
The 26-year-old vice-captain hasn't been the only one singled out for criticism, with new captain Josh Kennedy and fellow vice-captain Luke Parker well down on their career averages, and Hannebery accepts that the criticism of the Swans' hard-nosed-on-ballers has been deserved.
"Last year we were able to be play some strong footy and be really consistent throughout the whole year, and there wasn't too many games where the group was down," he said.
"This year we've had good quarters here and there, but we haven't been able to consistently come off the ground and say 'we beat the opposition midfield'.
"It's disappointing. It falls on everyone, and certainly I'm a part of that.
"Myself, 'Joey' (Kennedy), 'Parkes' (Parker), we're all working hard during the week to give ourselves the best chance to perform, but we haven't had the impact we would have liked."
Lets hope that he works through his niggling injuries and returns to his devastating best. His best is definitely enough to drag the Swans over the line in most games.
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