Jesse Hogan’s form isn’t where it needs to be for a return to AFL football at the moment, senior coach Justin Longmuir said today.
Speaking before Hogan played in a seconds scrimmage match against the GWS reserves at Cockburn this afternoon, Longmuir said the Dockers had shelved plans for Hogan to play as a defender.
They used Hugh Dixon in defence against the Giants. Hogan was asked to work on timing his leads and controlling things he can control, Longmuir said.
“No game for Jesse. We feel like the balance of our forward line is going well at the moment and we feel like his form is not quite where it needs to be.
“He has got a few areas he needs to improve on,” he said.
“Hopefully we see that.”
“He has spent a couple of games down back. We will split his time but we probably feel like he is going to add more to us as a forward in the long term.”
‘We feel like our backs are holding up really well at the moment and with the condensed fixture coming up talls in our forward half might be a bit more of an opportunity for him.”
He admitted Hogan had become frustrated in recent weeks.
“It is something I have spoken to him about this week – to control what he can control. He wants to go out there and dominate the game.”
“Unfortunately we haven’t been overly competitive in some of these games. We have been playing a really young side against some more mature teams.
“He is getting a little bit frustrated with the lack of supply and the lack of ball movement to him.
“We have just given him a couple of focus points to work on this week in terms of timing his leads, improving his one on one contests and just working with younger players rather than getting frustrated, ”Longmuir said.
“He has just got to get back to controlling what he can control and as coaches we have got to judge him more on the quality over the quantity.”
Longmuir also confirmed the Dockers would “manage” Michael Frederick this weekend against the Giants, recalling Brett Bewley to their senior team.
“It has been on the cards with Mick for a few weeks.
“We are about to go away to a hub, we are going to have a condensed fixture and we are just going to give him a week off and give him a week’s run in to the Richmond game. Bewley will come in for him.”