Jesse Hogan of the Demons.
Jesse Hogan of the Demons. JULIAN SMITH

Jesse Hogan to miss Bombers clash after father's death

MELBOURNE forward Jesse Hogan's father Tony Hogan has died following a long battle with cancer.

Tony Hogan - a former WAFL player with Subiaco - passed away on Wednesday.

Jesse Hogan met Melbourne officials on Thursday and will head to Adelaide in the coming days to be with wider family.

He will not play in this weekend's clash with Essendon.

"Last night we were informed by Jesse of the sad passing of his father Tony after a long battle with illness," Hogan's manager Josh Mahoney said.

"It has been really hard for Jesse and we as a club have tried to support him through it.

"He won't play this week against Essendon and in terms of timelines beyond that we will leave it in Jesse's hands.

"It's a very difficult time for any 22-year-old having to go through what he has. Coupled with that, he plays it out publicly in a lot of ways.

"It's a difficult time and the best thing for the club is just to support him through it."

Earlier this month, Hogan returned to Perth to spend time with his father while he served a two-week suspension for a high hit on Carlton's Sam Rowe.

While in Perth, Hogan was widely criticised after he was photographed smoking a cigarette at a festival.

"Put yourself in Jesse's situation and no one knows how they are going to deal with it," Mahoney continued. "He's had to deal with that publicly.

"Hopefully this puts a bit of context in to what he's been going through.

"His whole family is in Melbourne. They will rally together over the next weekend.

"We are here for support and whatever they need. His father was a great supporter of Jesse and it's a really sad loss."

The key forward returned to the field against Richmond on Monday night, kicking three goals.

Recruited from Western Australia, Hogan was a key target for Fremantle last year as he reportedly toyed with a move back to Perth.

In an interview with The Footy Show last month, the 22-year-old did not specifically refer to his father but said some things back home had affected his form with the Demons last year.

"The hardest thing is that initial three to four weeks of playing a bit of bad footy, and then a few things back home," Hogan said.

"All of a sudden it started snowballing, and I showed it on the field; I had a pretty poor end to the year ... I couldn't quite get to the bottom of why that was.

"Now, looking back on it, it was a balance of everything, and probably my head space wasn't there."

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