Fremantle significantly bolstered their squad with the addition of Jesse Hogan earlier this year.
The 23-year old returns home to Western Australian after a testing couple of years in Melbourne and fans are delighted to have him in the squad. He was believed to be the club's number one trade target and he has signed a three-year deal with the port club.
After a disappointing season in which they struggled to score points, Hogan's addition could be the key to pushing them up the ladder in 2019.
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Fremantle have sacrificed picks six and 23 in exchange for Hogan's services and it is already looking like a savvy bit of business from the Dockers. His season was disrupted by injury last year after sustaining a stress fracture and his set-back was one of the factors which derailed Melbourne's bid to reach the finals but he will be ready to hit the ground running for his new employers in March. Prior to his absence, he'd kicked 47 goals and was sixth on the Coleman medal table. The majority of his goals came against lower-ranked sides in the ladder but he played an important role in helping his side to move within shooting distance of the top four. If he can recapture that kind of form, he is likely to become an instant hit in his new surroundings.
Hogan will be joined by Rory Lobb, who also arrives at the club from Greater Western Sydney. The ruckman-forward wasn't short of admirers but the Western Australian was also keen to move closer to home. Upon joining the Dockers, he suggested that he will "have room to grow" and he could potentially strike up a formidable partnership with Hogan. The pair are hoping to form a new-look forward line for Fremantle in 2019.
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The addition of the potent duo could potentially put an end to the club's scoring issues which plagued their 2018 campaign. They ended the season in 14th position and won just eight of their 22 AFL games with a disappointing percentage of just 76.2. Only Carlton and the Gold Coast Suns ended the season with a lower tally. The Dockers have been priced up as relative outsiders once again at $15.00 for success in the Grand Final but their new forward line could push them up the table and they are $4.00 in the latest Aussie Rules betting for a top-eight finish in 2019.
It's been a hugely testing couple of years for Jesse Hogan, who has successfully battled against cancer as well as losing his father just months earlier. He should flourish now that he's closer to home and should be able to help Fremantle bounce back from a disappointing campaign. He's had his fair share of injuries over the past couple of seasons but if he can remain fit, he is likely to have a huge say on their finishing position. The Dockers have been crying out for a reliable forward and Hogan fits the bill. Ably assisted by Rory Lobb, Hogan is likely to be key next season and it wouldn't be a surprise to see Fremantle breaking into the top eight in 2019.