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“He has to at some stage grow up inside”: Brereton’s advice for Freo recruit Hogan


Dermott Brereton has urged Jesse Hogan to show more belief in himself and be the main man up forward for Fremantle this season.

Hogan, 24, joined the Dockers on a three-year deal after an impressive four-year stint at former club Melbourne.

The five-time premiership Hawk wants to see Hogan assert himself physically on the contest to compliment his huge aerobic capacity and smarts around goal.

“He has to at some stage grow up inside and say, ‘I am the man who wins this, I must come at the football, I must charge at it, I must take this mark, my team’s chances depend on me’,” Brereton told SEN’s Time On.

“I think at Melbourne there were times where he flipped into that type of mindset and then Tom McDonald came on and Jesse kind of slipped into the mindset of ‘oh, I’m actually number two now’, instead of just powering on and still believing in himself.

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“There were times where he wouldn’t fly for the ball and you just have to, you just have to take it on yourself that everything I do must be for this team to win a game of football.

“Whether it punishes my body and whatever it does to my body, I must put myself right into the breach. I think when Jesse Hogan starts to do that - and it’s sounding like he’s starting to believe that - it will be fantastic for Fremantle if he can.

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“He’s got all the tricks and he’s an incredibly hard worker. People don’t realise just how much ground Jesse Hogan covers – he is an enormous aerobic animal.”

Hogan booted 152 goals in 71 games for the Demons and is expected to provide much-needed attacking fire power for Fremantle after their scoring woes in 2018.

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