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Jesse Hogan fires back at David Schwarz over goalkicking

16 March 2016 12:08 AM
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Gun Melbourne forward Jesse Hogan says critics of his kicking style, chiefly ex-Demon David Schwarz, can take a walk.

The Rising Star award winner was off-colour in his last NAB Challenge hit-out, kicking 2.2 and shanking two set shots, but didn't miss when he fired back at Schwarz, who called his goalkicking a disgrace.

"His accuracy was about 58 (per cent), mine's 69 so I don't think I'll be going to him for any advice. He can keep his headlines ... and stay over there," he said.

"I didn't have a touch in the first quarter and when I did I absolutely sprayed it and have been copping it since," he said.

"You're probably not going to believe me because it was at Etihad but there was actually a bit of wind.

"I've gone up for a bit of extra distance ... I tried to kick it that hard and got absolutely none of it.

The gun forward said he sees his long-term AFL future at Melbourne but the Demons have to keep winning to hang on to him.

A breakout debut season in which he won the Rising Star award has Hogan's future in the spotlight despite having two years to run on an already-extended contract with the Demons.

The 21-year-old's management has put contract talks off until season's end.

Hogan called the speculation around his future "obscene" given he has only played one season and is already locked down for another two with Melbourne.

The West Australian forward said he would have to "block out" the chatter around his footy future while confirming he wanted to see progress from the up and coming Demons in 2016 to re-sign.

"It's not like it's me versus the club. They've told me to focus on your footy and play good footy and at the end of the season we'll restart that and go from there. No one's really concerned."

The Demons won all three NAB Challenge matches and Hogan said it had brightened spirits at the AFL strugglers.

"It's just NAB Cup ... but having three wins is good for a young team like us that needs a bit of confidence," he said.

"We've shown enough that we're starting to develop that we can compete against good sides.


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