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Sydney Swans CEO addresses Hannebery speculation

Sydney Swans CEO Andrew Ireland says the “percentages are in our favour” as they look to keep midfielder Dan Hannebery at the club beyond the end of the season.

The 27-year-old reportedly has a a five-year contract offer from St.Kilda on the table, while he currently remains contracted at Sydney until the end of the 2021 season.

Ireland told Afternoons he was confident the talented midfielder wouldn’t move back to Victoria.

“We didn’t sign him on a long-term contract for him (to leave),” he said.

“While there’s a lot of talk about it, there’s a much higher percentage that Hannebery will be with us (next season).

Ireland also said that the Gold Coast Suns “need help” from the AFL, while he was less enamored with the idea of giving Carlton a priority draft pick.

“I think the Suns desperately need some help,” Ireland said.

“Carlton I’m less sympathetic for and that’s simply because they’re a stronger club and they’ve got the capacity to get through (their struggles) a little bit more.

“They don’t have the pressure of the Suns in terms of keeping their better players.

“It’s appropriate to look at ways to help clubs. It’s a very competitive competition but the one things that everyone understands is the money and interest that comes into the game is helped by having a cracking competition.

“No one wants to see clubs languishing at the bottom of the ladder.”

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