Nick Dal Santo has questioned why St Kilda recruit Dan Hannebery was removed from the club’s leadership group.
In a mutual decision, Hannebery's leadership role was relinquished so he could focus on his rehabilitation as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.
The 28-year-old midfielder has had an injury-interrupted pre-season and is believed to be over a month away from a return, with coach Alan Richardson telling SEN Breakfast last week his body needs to be “rebuilt”.
Dal Santo can’t understand why the former Swan couldn’t remain in the leadership group while continuing his rehab.
“When he came to St Kilda, I was most excited about the cultural and the leadership Sydney twist that he could bring to the club,” the three-time All-Australian told SEN Afternoons.
“I thought he was going to be worth his weight in gold in regards to a cultural example and bringing some of that ‘Bloods culture’ or style into the club.
“For him to move out of the leadership group and solely focus on himself and his rehab – that concerns me.
“I can’t understand why he can’t do both? I would’ve thought he can do both and whatever money he’s earning, I was hoping that that money would be well spent on the cultural part of it and that the football was almost the cream on top.”
The thee-time All-Australian was initially named as part of a five-man St Kilda leadership team in February after arriving at RSEA Park on a lucrative four-year deal.