Former All-Australian David King suggests Melbourne should look at potentially trading Jesse Hogan at the end of this season.
Speaking on SEN, King said Melbourne’s forward line would still be good enough even without the young star, who has kicked 47 goals this season.
“I just wonder if you’ve got a player (Jesse Hogan) on your list who’s pretty much kicked two goals a game for the best part of four years, and you’re offered pick six or seven as a trade opportunity at the end of this year whether you would look at it?” King said on Monday.
Hogan has long been rumored to be a target for Fremantle, with the 23-year-old hailing from Perth.
“If Fremantle wanted Hogan this year, given what you have already seen so far through the course of 2018, what you know about Jesse and what you know about Sam Weideman and what we saw on the weekend, would you look at it? Would you take it?
“Would you take the opportunity and say: ‘you know what, every time you come out of contract this is going to be a discussion and you’re going to get bigger offers than what you’ve had already’.
“The go-home factor, is it something Melbourne need to look at?
“In a mature sense it’s a business now, you’ve got to sell high and buy low.”
Missing Hogan for their trip to face West Coast on Sunday, the Demons still scored 108 points with medium-sized forwards Jake Melksham and Mitch Hannan kicking four and three goals respectively.
“I just think when you look at what Jake Melksham has done at full-forward, maybe it’s a small industry at full-forward now?
“Maybe you don’t necessarily need three guys that are 6’5 running around in your forward line anymore.
“I think Melbourne will look at it at the end of the year.”
Hogan will not return in season 2018 due to a foot injury as the Demons begin an assault on the finals for the first time since 2006.