We have to give some credit to the Fremantle Dockers.
In their efforts to fast-track its rebuild, they have targeted two of Australian Rules footy’s best key position players and they seemingly have the money to go after both Jeremy McGovern of the West Coast Eagles and Jesse Hogan of the Melbourne Demons.
We are impressed that Fremantle is not running amok and signing anyone with a pulse, mainly because Hogan will not be free until the end of the 2019 AFL season.
The Dockers would dearly love to win a first premiership and in 2015 Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe in his prime and popular Coach Ross Lyon signed through the end of 2020, it would seem as though the Dockers are planning for a successful future.
Hogan’s future availability is the subject of speculation. With almost two full years remaining on his deal with the Dees, Melbourne has plenty of time to see how he figures into their mix and how much it will cost to keep him.
Hogan was born in Perth, so it might be a natural move to have him return to his native environment, where he would be supported by family and friends, but according to Dees’ Coach Simon Goodwin, the club is not interested in trading its star forward.
“Jesse is a Melbourne person, he signed to the club last year and he is absolutely committed to the footy club,” the Demons coach said.“We’re committed to Jesse, he’s a quality person that we have invested a lot into. That’s just pure rumour (Hogan being homesick).”
The other player on whom the Dockers have designs is the Dees’ Angus Brayshaw. Like Hogan, he hails from Western Australia and may long for a reunion with his brothers Hamish and Andrew. Andrew plays for the Dockers and Hamish for the Eagles.
The snubbing of Brayshaw by the Demons in the first three rounds of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership have many clubs interested in the out-of-contract ball winner, but he has a history of concussions that may make some of those clubs wary.