Jesse Hogan to miss Fremantle’s season opener

Jesse Hogan. Photo: Getty
Jesse Hogan. Photo: Getty

FREMANTLE Dockers’ star recruit Jesse Hogan will miss their Round 1 clash with North Melbourne as he battles “clinical anxiety”.

According to the Dockers, Hogan’s anxiety had led him to make some “poor decisions around alcohol consumption”.

Fremantle also said they were not putting a time frame on his return to the side.

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Jesse Hogan is out of Fremantle’s season opener against North Melbourne. Photo: Getty

“Jesse will not be available for selection for Sunday’s game against North Melbourne at Optus Stadium while he focuses on his personal management of clinical anxiety,” Fremantle’s general manager of football Peter Bell said.

“The club has been aware of Jesse’s clinical anxiety and has wrapped the appropriate support measures around him and will continue to do so.

“Jesse continues to train very hard on the training track and he will continue to train with the team, but his clinical anxiety can lead to him making poor decisions around alcohol consumption and, therefore, impact his health and wellbeing.

“Jesse made poor choices around alcohol consumption on Saturday evening prior to our training run at Optus Stadium on Sunday and as a result he did not take part in training.

“Jesse’s circumstances have been shared with club leaders and the player leadership group.

“The club and our playing group are united in continuing to provide all the necessary ongoing support to Jesse, and we are not putting a time frame on his return to playing.”

Hogan was the most high-profile of all Fremantle’s off-season acquisitions, making the switch from Melbourne after 71 goals and 152 games for the Demons.

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