DAMIAN Barrett has doubled down on his concerns with St Kilda's high-priced recruitment of Dan Hannebery, after the Sydney premiership midfielder was removed from the Saints' leadership group.

Barrett said the Saints must concede the bold move to recruit the battle-weary Hannebery on a lucrative multi-year deal has been "dodgy".

"It was wrong that they put him into the leadership group and they've now clearly conceded that to be the case given they've taken him out of it," Barrett said on the Sounding Board podcast.

"When the story was in front of us we said this is a really, really dodgy move. They're paying him a ridiculous amount of money. That is an issue.

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"We know the body is so banged up that he cannot even get back onto the park right now. We knew this in October. This is not all fresh.

"Simon Lethlean, as of right now, has conceded that the issue and the move is not working, given he's not in the leadership group right now."

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Episode guide

0.00  Media blues – Hutchy v GWS; Damo v St Kilda and Dan Hannebery; Channel Seven and Marvel Stadium

19:30 – Alan Richardson saying Hannebery needs to be "rebuilt"

32:00 – The fallout from the Tayla Harris photo

41:00 – Spin City: Hutchy as Steve Hocking regarding the Marvel Stadium turf