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Lawyer says AFL hub dry spell led to Jesse Hogan’s ‘lapse in judgement’

Fremantle's Jesse Hogan.

Fremantle’s Jesse Hogan.Credit:Getty Images

The directions banned unapproved visitors.

Hogan was subsequently charged with failing to comply with a direction after police attended his address and he made full admissions.

He completed the remainder of his quarantine period in a supervised hotel and was released on October 5.

During his sentencing at Fremantle Magistrates Court on Tuesday, the police prosecutor said Hogan had text the woman and invited her to visit, asking her not to park on his driveway.

She came to the house, however an argument broke out between the pair and the woman left.

Mr Dobson said Hogan followed the woman outside and convinced her to stay the evening as she was drunk and couldn’t drive.

He said Hogan realised the seriousness of the pandemic and accepted he should have complied with the direction.

“From March 2020 he was tested [for coronavirus] at least twice a week … he was tested non-stop when he was in the hub,” Mr Dobson said.

“When he flew back it was from Queensland which I understand to be a much safer state … [the team] were all tested a day before they got on the plane.

“He is a decent person … he wasn’t this arrogant AFL player that has been commented by people in the media.”

Jesse Hogan arriving in Perth on September 21.

Jesse Hogan arriving in Perth on September 21.Credit:Fremantle Dockers

Despite his lawyer informing the court Hogan may move to a “rugby league state” at some point in his future and not be a recognisable face, and should be granted a spent conviction, the Magistrate recorded the conviction against him.

Hogan declined to speak with media outside court.

He has one year to run on a three-year deal he signed at the end of 2018 when he was traded from Melbourne.

The key forward was in and out of the Fremantle side this year, managing just seven matches and being swung from end to end, having taken leave from the club in January to deal with mental health issues.

He finished the season reasonably well, kicking four goals in round 17 against North Melbourne and then performing solidly in round 18 against the Western Bulldogs.

His 2019 campaign was cut short by a serious foot injury.

The Dockers have been extremely disappointed by Hogan’s breach which has cast his future with the club in doubt.

Fremantle are open to off-loading him to another club if possible however a clear suitor is yet to emerge.

The Dockers also have a tight salary cap which would be challenged further should Hogan reach a games trigger in his contract, one which he is increasingly unlikely to hit.

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