This was definitely a choice.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon reveals phone call from WA-bred defender Cale Hooker, informing him of his decision to stay with Essendon
DOCKERS coach Ross Lyon has revealed Essendon’s Cale Hooker called him on Tuesday night to break the news that he would not be coming to the club.
PerthNowApril 27, 20162:40pm
FREMANTLE coach Ross Lyon has revealed Essendon’s Cale Hooker called him on Tuesday night to break the news that he would not be coming to the Dockers.
Hooker, an East Fremantle product, has signed a five-year deal to remain with the Bombers despite his season-long drug ban.
Lyon said he had a “really strong’’ relationship with the 27-year-old All-Australian swingman, but that he wasn’t surprised Hooker turned down Fremantle’s contract offer.
“Well to be truthful, he was respectful and rang last night and said he wanted to talk to me, even before he spoke to his mum,’’ Lyon said.
“So we’ve got a really strong relationship. Does it surprise me? No, because he’s very loyal to his football club.
“He had a number of Melbourne clubs (interested in him as well.) I wish him all the best. (He’s a) really good person.
“From our end, clearly our list management identified him, as did a number of other clubs. You didn’t have to be a genius did you?
“That chapter’s shut and we all move on and it never was.’’