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Hogan set for GWS trade

Key forward Jesse Hogan is set to land at a third AFL club for 2021, with Fremantle and Greater Western Sydney agreeing to a trade two days before the official start of the trade period.

Hogan joined Fremantle at the end of the 2018 season after 71 games with Melbourne from 2014-18, kicking 152 goals after being a number one draft pick in the 2012 draft.

The Claremont product's two years in purple were blighted by injuries and off field indiscretions, playing just 19 of a possible 39 games and kicking 18 goals, playing just seven games in 2020.

While the 25 year old had one year to run on his contract the club has agreed in principle to a trade with GWS, Fremantle executive manager of football Peter Bell confirmed on Monday.

“Following a series of discussions between the club, Jesse and his management it was mutually agreed that it was in Jesse’s best interests to further his playing career by moving away from WA,” Bell said.

“While it is disappointing for both Fremantle and Jesse that, due to injury and other factors, he was unable to play at the level we all know he is capable of, all parties agree that in Jesse’s long-term interests the preferred option is for him to continue his career at a new club.

“We wish Jesse all the best for the future and thank him for his contribution to Fremantle.”

Hogan thanked the Fremantle club for their support in his two years at the club, and expressed his disappointment at not being able to deliver on his potential.

“I wish I was able to contribute a lot more to the football club than I have in my time here,” Hogan said.

“You will not know how disappointed I am that it didn’t work out the way I hoped it would when I got to come to the Dockers.

“For that I’m sorry, but I leave a team that is on the way up and I wish you all success in the future.”

The trade is set to be finalised in the coming days, with the trade period officially commencing on November 4th.

In other trade news North Melbourne key forward Ben Brown has requested a trade to Melbourne, while Adam Treloar seems certain to leave Collingwood after a falling out with the club despite being contracted for 2021.

IMAGE: The West Australian.

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