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Heath Hocking
#39   Essendon Bombers
Age: 29yr 4mth    Games: 125     Born: December 27, 1987    
Height: 186cm     Weight: 90kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 2, Pick #20 2005 Rookie Draft by Essendon Bombers
Supercoach Price: $300,100   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $384,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: UFA at the end of 2017   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Heath Hocking Biography

Tuesday, 10 January 2017
After a spending a year out of football while serving his suspension, Heath Hocking is coming to terms with AFL training again.

"We're training pretty hard and it's a bit of a shock to the system," Hocking said.

"We've come from training three days a week last year, to five days a week now, but it has been good and I'm enjoying it.

"(Fitness staff is) looking after us, not knowing what can happen. We've got 10 players who have done something a bit different than usual, so that's always something to look out for."

Friday, 1 April 2016
Heath Hocking becomes the first of the 12 banned Essendon players to publicly commit to returning to the Bombers in 2017.

The club announced that Hocking had signed a contract extension ensuring he would again play for Essendon after completing a backdated two-year doping suspension that ruled him out of the entire 2016 season.

"I'm an Essendon person through and through, and nothing could sway my passion for the football club, Hocking said.

"I have a strong belief in the direction of the club, and I have no doubt once we move past the challenges of this season we will be well placed to achieve success.

"I hope the other boys feel the same way. It would be great to see them return to the club so we can continue on this journey we started together."

Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Essendon's worst fears have been realised with the Court of Arbitration for Sport finding 34 past and present players guilty of taking banned substance Thymosin Beta-4 and suspending them for the entire 2016 season.

Twelve players still on the Bombers' list and five now at other AFL clubs who took part in Essendon's 2012 supplements program have been hit with two-year bans beginning on March 31 last year.

However, most of the suspensions will come to an end on November 13 this year, taking into account provisional suspensions already served.

Bombers skipper Jobe Watson, vice-captain Dyson Heppell, reigning club champion Cale Hooker, Michael Hurley, Tom Bellchambers, Heath Hocking, Travis Colyer, Michael Hibberd, Ben Howlett, David Myers, Brent Stanton and Tayte Pears will all miss the Bombers' 2016 campaign.

The guilty decision impacts four other AFL clubs with former Essendon players on their lists, with Jake Carlisle (St Kilda), Stewart Crameri (Western Bulldogs), Jake Melksham (Melbourne), Angus Monfries and Patrick Ryder (Port Adelaide) to be sidelined for the season.

Former Essendon players Mark McVeigh and Brent Prismall are set to be suspended from their respective roles at Greater Western Sydney and the Western Bulldogs until November 13 as support staff are banned from any WADA-complaint sports under the sanctions.

McVeigh is an assistant coach at the Giants, while Prismall is a player wellbeing and welfare manager with the Bulldogs.

Essendon champion and former club coach James Hird slammed the guilty verdict and suspensions.

"I am shocked by this decision," Hird said in a statement.

"I firmly believe the players do not deserve this finding.

"They do not deserve to face a twelve-month suspension from the sport. This is a miscarriage of justice for 34 young men."

Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Heath Hocking is still recovering from groin surgery but has his sights set on playing in the Bombers' round one clash with Sydney.

"I am a realist and I will not be returning too early. I will be happy to wait a few more weeks but that is a long way down the track," Hocking said.

"Mentally I have done everything I have been able to do so now it is just about how my body reacts and doing the best recovery that I can do. I feel confident that I should be right."

Monday, 12 January 2015
Heath Hocking's return to full training has been pushed back by up to four weeks as the Essendon midfielder recovers from off-season groin surgery.

"He's doing well, but he's still not going to be in full training until mid February, maybe end of February," Bombers club doctor Bruce Reid said.

"The concern is he's missing out on a full pre-season, but the upside for him is this is his ninth or 10th pre-season, so it's not as though we're dealing with an 18-year-old kid who'll never catch up."

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Heath Hocking will have groin surgery this week to correct an injury he carried through last season, and is likely to miss six weeks of Essendon's pre-season.

"We thought he would settle down over the break, but he started to do a bit of work over the break and he wasn't totally comfortable with it," Essendon's high performance football manager Neil Craig said.

"We decided to bite the bullet on that one and see if we can get him up. If we have the operation on Friday it still gives him enough time to prepare and hopefully be ready by round one."

Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Heath Hocking will sleep in an altitude room for the next 12 nights in a left-field plan devised to keep the midfielder's fitness up as he recovers from a groin injury.

"We're going to make sure that Heath is getting some of that work to his lungs by sleeping in the altitude chamber and then also gradually building up outside the chamber with his running during the week," Essendon's high performance manager Justin Crow said.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Essendon has confirmed the re-signing of star pair Michael Hibberd and Heath Hocking.

Hibberd has signed a three-year contract extension and Hocking has signed on for another two years.

"This club has stood by me throughout my career, they gave me my chance to play AFL footy and I couldn't see myself playing anywhere else," Hibberd said.

"I've got a lot of good mates here, we're a tight group and we want to play and win finals."

"I'm really proud to play for this great club, a club I supported since I was a kid. To 'live the dream' everyday is obviously a great honour and one I don't take for granted," Hocking added.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Brendan Goddard along with Jason Winderlich and Dyson Heppell, is elevated into the Bomber's leadership group which also includes reigning Brownlow medallist and captain Jobe Watson, Brent Stanton, Heath Hocking, Michael Hurley and David Zaharakis.
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Essendon players Heath Hocking and Josh Jenkins have been fined for breaching the code of conduct over the on-selling of AFL Grand Final tickets via Twitter.

"The resale of Grand Final tickets for profit is illegal and both players understand the seriousness of this issue,'' Essendon general manager of football operations Paul Hamilton said.

"Although Heath never had any intention of selling the tickets, he was aware that Josh was trying to gauge their value via Twitter and should have put a stop to it. As Heath had full awareness it was happening, he takes responsibility for his involvement as well.''

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