Dockers star Jesse Hogan takes leave from AFL to deal with mental health ‘challenges’

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Fremantle Dockers forward Jesse Hogan is taking indefinite leave from the AFL club to deal with mental health issues.

The Dockers have released a statement saying it was in Hogan’s best interests to take some time off.

“Jesse needs time away from the club so he can manage mental health challenges that he is dealing with and focus on his general wellbeing,” Fremantle’s general manager of football Peter Bell said.

“We believe it is the most appropriate course of action and, more importantly, it is what is best for Jesse’s long-term health and wellbeing.

“We will continue to provide all the necessary and ongoing care and support Jessie requires, as we would do for any of our players.”

Hogan joined the Dockers from Melbourne before last season in a high-profile trade.

The Demons sent Hogan and pick number 65 in the 2018 draft to Fremantle for picks 6 and 23.


Jesse Hogan kicks a goal during a 2019 clash with Port Adelaide at Perth Stadium. (AAP: Richard Wainwright)

Hogan was then suspended before round one last year for making “poor alcohol choices” as Fremantle revealed he was dealing with an anxiety disorder.

The 24-year-old played just 12 games in 2019 as he dealt with injury and personal problems.

He is still recovering from a serious foot injury.

Hogan has played a total of 83 games and kicked 165 goals for both Fremantle and Melbourne after debuting in 2013.