Jesse Hogan is looking fit. Pic: Getty Images
Jesse Hogan is looking fit. Pic: Getty Images

Viney doubt as Hogan eyes new role

MELBOURNE gun Jack Viney is facing a battle to be available for Round 1 selection with the Demons co-captain to sit out of match practice again this weekend.

Viney won't play in Melbourne's JLT clash against St Kilda tomorrow night, but there was hope he would play some minutes for VFL affiliate Casey, but that plan was shelved by the club.

If Viney, who is recovering from a persistent foot injury, doesn't play in a VFL practice game on March 17, it's unlikely he will play in Round 1.

Teammate Jesse Hogan hoped Viney would be available.

"He's actually been flying, as you'd say, at training so if he can get some run in his legs and a bit of game time there's no reason why he couldn't play Round 1," Hogan said.

Jack Viney (left) competes with Jesse Hogan. Pic: Michael Klein
Jack Viney (left) competes with Jesse Hogan. Pic: Michael Klein

Meanwhile Hogan said his new midfield role would keep him fresh and focused this season.

"I guess playing as a forward it can get, I wouldn't say monotonous is the word, but it's quite nice and refreshing to kind of look at the game from a different perspective and I think Goody likes to his players alert and fresh and educated in all types (of positions) of the game," Hogan said.

" ... I guess if I'm to play (in the midfield) it's going to be more of a burst role, when maybe Christian Petracca goes forward I might play in the midfield just while he rests."



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