Melbourne's Jesse Hogan during the round two AFL match against the Blues at the MCG.
Melbourne's Jesse Hogan during the round two AFL match against the Blues at the MCG. MAL FAIRCLOUGH

Demons boosted by Jesse Hogan's return

MELBOURNE coach Simon Goodwin says it's "exciting for the whole footy club" to have spearhead Jesse Hogan back.

Hogan will play his first game since round seven on Sunday against Carlton after having surgery to remove a testicular cancer tumour.

"He's gone through a hell of a lot over the last two or three months and just to get him back around the footy club with a smile on his face and get out there doing something that he really loves is a pretty special moment for him and also the footy club," Goodwin said.

Goodwin said they spoke about Hogan's return on the training track and the group was excited to have him back.

"He's a really important part of our footy club and is someone who can really inspire his teammates," he said.

"Jesse is a quiet person but is highly respected among the playing group."

Melbourne won't have one captain this week and will rely on vice-captains Bernie Vince, Jordan Lewis, Tom McDonald and Max Gawn to all play their part.

"They'll all have different roles on game day. I think Max might toss the coin this week but we'll share that load over the next two or three weeks," Goodwin said.

"We can use this as an opportunity to grow our leadership even further."

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