Hogan 'trending in right direction'

21 May 2020 18:21:48 GMTPlus10

Key forward Jesse Hogan is making good progress towards a return to action for Fremantle, says coach Justin Longmuir.

Hogan only played 12 times in his debut AFL campaign for the Docker last year, due to a foot injury.

The former Melbourne player took an extended break in January but has now re-joined the club and could put his name forward for selection next month.

Longmuir, who is in his first year as Dockers coach, said of the 25-year-old: "He joined the group this week, albeit in a smaller group.

"We've got to make sure that first and foremost, we look after the mental wellbeing of Jesse. We've done that over this past 10 to 12 weeks that he's been absent from the club.

"Now, it's about integrating him into the club and making sure his physical preparations are right, not only for round two or round three - whenever he joins the team - but to be able to sustain that through the season."

Holbrook said it was almost a year since Hogan had done a full main training session.

He added: "There are some physical things that we need to tick off before he's available to play. (But) at the moment, it's trending in the right direction."

Midfielder Stephen Hill is expected to re-join the main group next week, having battled a quad injury that was sustained in pre-season.

Veteran midfielder David Mundy (leg), new recruit Blake Acres (hamstring) and running defender Nathan Wilson (toe) all returned to training fully fit on Monday.

But key defensive duo Alex Pearce and Joel Hamling remain unlikely to feature in Round 2, with both dealing with ankle injuries.

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