Jesse Hogan is primed to make an impact against the Lions.
Jesse Hogan is primed to make an impact against the Lions. JULIAN SMITH

Hogan back and ready to impact for Dees: Goodwin

MELBOURNE coach Simon Goodwin believes Jesse Hogan is primed to have an impact despite an interrupted season.

Hogan, 22, will face Brisbane on Sunday after missing only two games with a broken collarbone.

Goodwin today praised the key forward's resilience, hunger and drive to overcome setbacks.

"He's come back from a few things throughout the year where he could have easily said he doesn't want to play for the rest of the year," Goodwin said.

"But he's continued to find a way. He wants to play some good footy and he's given himself every chance."

The West Australian goalkicker has played eight games this year, mourning the loss of his father and a mid-season cancer scare.

"He's done an incredible amount of work in the last couple of weeks to get back," Goodwin said.

"The good thing about a collarbone is he was back running within four days so he's probably had five or six weeks now of continual running or training which is a great thing for Jesse.

"He did miss a lot through the middle part of the year, missed a good eight-week block of training so to get him back (now) I think he's actually looking fitter and stronger this time around coming back than what he did previously."

 

Demons player Jesse Hogan (centre) during a Melbourne Demons open training session
Demons player Jesse Hogan (centre) during a Melbourne Demons open training session TRACEY NEARMY

But Demons co-captain Jack Viney (foot) remains under a cloud.

Viney is battling an ongoing foot problem, unrelated to the plantar fascia injury which kept him out for three games early in the season.

"It's a week by week thing, it's certainly not his plantar fascia that he had operated on," Goodwin said.

"It's his foot down towards his toes that have really flared up, the bone around there.

"It's something that's been there for a while so it's a week by week thing."

Viney will be assessed again on Monday with Goodwin hopeful of getting the tough midfielder back next week.

"He's certainly got some footy ahead of him, he recovers well, he heals well, and we know it's not a fracture or anything within his foot," Goodwin said.

"We'll really positive to him playing some footy, if it's not next week, we'll see how we go for the rest of the year."

Goodwin revealed the Demons sought clarification from the umpiring department about ruck frees awarded against Max Gawn.

The All-Australian ruckman was bemused last week when penalised for blocking against St Kilda.

"Clearly, Max hasn't had that throughout games before in the last three years so once you see that we wanted to get some clarification and we've received that and we're more than comfortable with how it's being umpired."

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