High-profile Fremantle recruit Jesse Hogan made his first appearance on the track at his new club today.
He didn’t do a lot of training as he continues to rehabilitate a foot injury, but the sight of him at the Dockers’ Cockburn headquarters would be enough to significantly boost the spirits of Dockers supporters.
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Hogan, suffering from a foot problem himself, walked laps and then did sand walking as he continued his rehabilitation from a navicular foot bone problem.
While he walked, his younger teammates continued their pre-season program, with Griffin Logue also on track and targeting a berth as a roll-off defender after shaking off a foot problem of his own last season.
Logue is still only 20 years old and Fremantle’s top pick, No.8 overall, from the 2016 draft. He had a solid first AFL season in 2017 but didn’t play AFL at all in 2018 because of the injury.
He has declared himself fully recovered and ready to resume full training.
“It was a congenital disorder with the foot,” he said.
“A spare bone was rubbing against my tendon. It was abnormal and so hard to diagnose.
“They had to remove the bone and then it was a matter of seeing if it calmed down or not.
“Once the removed the bone that was good but when I got back from that I rolled my ankle and there was a bit of damage from that.
“It is part of what you sign up for. Injuries are a big part of the sport. There are a a lot more guys that are worse off. It is disappointing but it is all part of the game and I can’t do much about it.”
Logue on Monday clipped two seconds off his 2km time trial time from 12 months ago – a sign he is in good shape to press on in 2019.
“Touch wood I am injury free so far. It was just good to get out there and to kick the footy around is just good to start the pre-season off well,” he said.
“I am happy to keep my mind open on what I can get through and achieve this year. Getting out on the track is my first goal and I will take it from there.
Logue said defence was probably the role he was best suited to.
“Third tall is probably the best suited for me. The game is changing and you never know what I might end up doing but rolling off as a third tall is probably will be my main objective,” he said.