Fremantle assistant coach David Hale says the balance of their forward line and the wet conditions of the past few weeks has kept forward Jesse Hogan out of the Dockers best 22.
The 25-year-old has not been seen at AFL level since round 5 because of a calf strain, but he has been fit to play the last fortnight.
There was an idea floated to use him as a defender to help cover for injured backmen Joel Hamling, Alex Pearce, and Griffin Logue, with Hogan used in defence in practise games.
Hogan though was playing up forward in today’s scrimmage against Sydney, with Hale saying the noted goalkicker had been in line for selection the last fortnight but had missed out due to the excess of talls up forward in Rory Lobb and Matt Taberner.
“He’s close, he’s been discussed at match committee,” Hale told ABC.
“Obviously the last two week’s he’s trained, he’s right for selection, it’s just the balance of the forward line mix.
“The last few games we’ve played have been wet, so having the three tall forwards probably isn’t the ideal line-up.
“We’ll continue to discuss him and he’ll continue to put his name forward.”
Hogan is not the only forward from Fremantle in the spotlight this week, with the club and Cam McCarthy parting ways on Thursday after he was told he would not be offered a contract for 2021.
Hale said McCarthy was just “unlucky” in his time at the Dockers, which saw him play just 49 games for the Dockers in almost four seasons.
“He was probably a little unlucky in terms of the timing of our key position forwards and the injuries that they coped, didn’t allow him to play to his strengths in terms of being that third forward,” he said.
“There were times that he had to play purely out of necessity as a power forward, which perhaps didn’t suit his game.
“That was probably the biggest thing that maybe let him down in the end.”