Sunday, 16 July 2017
Ross Lyon says he would have retired if he'd suffered the same run of injuries as Harley Bennell.
Bennell played his first competitive match in 16 months on Saturday, lining up for Peel Thunder against East Perth.
"I was really nervous watching it because I thought if that calf was to go again, we'd have to pick up the pieces," Lyon said.
"It was a positive step and he had a lot of support there from the club, a lot of family and I think his quality just shone through, didn't it? It was frightening what we saw in patches.
"It's been a tough road, but he's working his way through with great character and great resilience.
"I can tell you, I would've crumbled. I would've been out of the system and I would've flicked the bails.
"He's got great mental toughness, he's a better man than me."
Saturday, 15 July 2017
In his first
match at any level for 16 months after battling repeated calf issues, Harley Bennell picks up 12 touches and booted a goal in Peel's convincing WAFL win over East Perth.
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Harley Bennell is set
to play his first
game since March last year after being named in Peel Thunder's round 17 team.
"We know everyone will get there and watch him but for Harley, who has persisted and persevered and showed good resilience, it's a step in the right direction," Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said.
"He'll only play about 60 minutes, but it's a good start."
Monday, 10 July 2017
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon reveals that Harley Bennell was in a bad place mentally after re-injuring his calf.
"He had a two-week period where he had a meltdown, where he was really struggling," Lyon said.
"It was self-harming, there was no harm to anyone else. He needed to get some support and gather himself, and he's done that.
"He understands he's walking a tightrope but, for me, he's been fantastic bar that self-harm period."
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says the club may have pushed Harley Bennell too hard in his recovery from a calf injury.
Bennell is in the last stages of his preparation to make a long-awaited return to football, potentially as soon as next weekend at Peel.
"Really in reality, we probably pushed Harley beyond what he needed to be pushed - trying to create something like Superman really," Lyon said.
"In theory, he probably could have been playing. But we're learning some lessons on how to handle Harley."
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Fremantle's playing group is rallying around Harley Bennell after the latest episode in the troubled star's career at a WAFL match.
Bennell is under investigation by the club after his strange behaviour during Peel's win over Swan Districts when he pulled cousin Traye away from the three-quarter time huddle.
"There's a lot of things that have happened in the past and I couldn't imagine how tough it would be for him," Fremantle teammate Shane Kersten said.
"We as a playing group are sticking by him, and he's one of our brothers, so that's all we can do.
"He's been in good spirits around the club in the last few days, so we'll look to back him.
"We're a not a club to go and hang our brothers out and leave him to dry."
Harley Bennell is fined $10,000 by Fremantle and told to undergo counselling to deal with his personal issues following a club investigation into his behaviour at Peel's match.
Bennell met with senior coach Ross Lyon, CEO Steve Rosich and football manager Chris Bond to discuss his conduct at the WAFL game.
"We have an agreed action plan as how to best assist Harley with his personal wellbeing and his return to playing football," Bond said in a club statement.
"The agreed off-field action plan includes Harley working with an external expert counsellor to assist in dealing with personal issues.
"We also imposed a $10,000 financial sanction on Harley, $5000 of which is suspended for 12 months."
Sunday, 14 May 2017
Harley Bennell, is under investigation by Fremantle for his behaviour at a WAFL game.
Bennell twice interrupted the three quarter-time huddle of the match between Peel Thunder and Swan Districts to speak to his cousin Traye Bennell before being spoken to by Dockers assistant coach Roger Hayden.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Dockers Ross Lyon coach defends the recruitment of Harley Bennell as the club mulls over any potential punishment for his latest off-field indiscretion where he asked to leave a flight.
"We've got a growth mindset and he's been very good since he's been here," Lyon said.
"No, there's no regrets here.
"We're disappointed at a level. That goes beyond me and we'll have discussions with Harley.
"We're all responsible for our own life and happiness and it's a decision that he's going to wish he was in better shape."
Sunday, 16 April 2017
Harley Bennell is from a Gold Coast bound flight shortly after boarding due to intoxication.
"After arriving in Melbourne to await his flight to the Gold Coast, Bennell went to a cafe at the airport," the Dockers said in a statement.
"Shortly after boarding the Gold Coast flight he was asked to disembark by Virgin staff who believed he was affected by alcohol. Bennell cooperated with airline staff and returned to the Virgin Lounge."
Docker coach Ross Lyon told Triple M radio on Sunday he had spoken to Bennell. Lyon was told about the incident after his side hung on for a two-point win against Melbourne at the MCG.
"He had already flown from Perth to Melbourne (and) navigated that flight fine. Went to the lounge, went back on, was in business class, sat down and then was asked to leave. He got up, grabbed his backpack, walked off and went to the lounge," Lyon said.
"It's unfortunate that it's occurred but there was no disruption on the previous flight or on this flight, but obviously there was some signs of intoxication and he was asked to leave."
Monday, 10 April 2017
Harley Bennell's chances of making his Fremantle debut this season have been cast into more doubt, with the injury-plagued Docker set to be sidelined for at least two months by his latest calf setback.
Bennell hurt his left calf at training and initial scans indicated only a minor tear, which was set to delay his return to main training by a week to 10 days.
He would then have needed about two weeks training with the full squad to be available for match selection.
However, the 24-year-old experienced more discomfort late last week and follow-up scans have revealed the injury is more severe than first thought.
"Upon further assessment and following the latest scans, we were advised that the extent of the calf injury was more severe than the initial diagnosis last week," general manager of football operations Chris Bond said.
"It is disappointing for Harley and the club, particularly given that he was on the verge of a return to full training with the playing group and back out playing.
"Given his outstanding attitude and approach to injury rehabilitation since he has been at Fremantle, Harley and the club are now planning for him to be available for selection within eight to 10 weeks."
Thursday, 6 April 2017
Harley Bennell's latest setback with his troublesome calves is likely to delay his long-awaited return to football by at least a month.
"Obviously he's devastated with that because he's an incredibly hard trainer. He's been so mentally tough and stayed the course," Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said.
"The scans said it was really at the minor end, so he should be able to get going barring any other misfortune."
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Injury-plagued Harley Bennell suffers another calf setback at training with scans confirming a minor tear.
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has delivered a sensational spray, claiming speculation around injured midfielder Harley Bennell's calf injury has racist overtones.
Bennell missed all of last season with a right calf injury and will miss at least round one of this season after suffering an injury to his left calf.
Lyon was having none of critics questioning Bennell's work ethic just because he has a 'chequered past', which includes being photographed with what were alleged to be illicit drugs in a Tasmanian hotel room in 2013.
"I heard speculation on radio questioning the injury, that no player had ever suffered a calf injury like Harley had," Lyon said, in reaction to comments made on SEN radio.
"It's my experience that a white footballer has a calf injury and it's a calf injury and a black footballer has a calf injury and it's a drug problem."
Garry Lyon, speaking on his breakfast show, said Bennell had either had a freakish calf injury or had not properly prepared himself to return to the game.
"That speaks of their naivety and their sensationalism because Harley's an incredibly hard trainer, he's not scared to train," the Dockers coach said.
"And the feedback from our playing group is he's taken to levels in rehab that very few have matched. That talks to ill-informed commentary and that would disappoint me."
Monday, 23 January 2017
Harley Bennell says he's "hungrier than ever" to make his long-awaited return to football following his troublesome calf issues.
"I'm slowly and gradually getting some kms into my legs and my calves, obviously," Bennell said.
"It's coming along really well and I'm just really looking forward to getting out there with the boys and I'll hopefully get some games under my belt.
"I can't wait. I'm hungrier than ever and I'm doing everything right to get my body right and get ready for a big season."
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Fremantle football boss Chris Bond says he expects Harley Bennell to be back playing in 2017 after a successful trip to Germany for treatment on his troublesome calves.
"He's not in the main group as yet, but he's certainly been able to get a fair few kilometres into his legs and he's working really hard," Bond told 6PR radio.
"We're really confident he's going to be playing a great deal of football this year, and that's what we want to do.
"In regards to exact dates we're not too sure, he's just working through in really good spirits and training very hard."
Friday, 25 November 2016
Harley Bennell will travel to Germany in December for further treatment on his soft tissue injuries after straining his calf muscle at training.
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Harley Bennell returns to training early and after missing all of season 2016.
"My body feels good and the mind feels good. I'm feeling fresh," Bennell said.
"I had, well not a bad season, but injury-wise 2016 wasn't so good so I'm just coming in to get the body right, get the legs ticking over and ready for a big season in 2017.
"I'm hungrier than ever."
Thursday, 19 May 2016
Harley Bennell's season is in jeopardy after suffering another setback in his rehab from a calf injury.
Dockers coach Ross Lyon denied that there was anything suspicious about the nature of Bennell's unavailability.
"There is no mystery, Harley's had a calf injury - a significant one - and he's had a relapse," Lyon said.
"There's no mystery, unless you want to attack it from a mischievous point of view.
"Harley's trained incredibly hard. Been fantastic. There's no mystery here."
Harley Bennell has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to complications with his calf injury.
"Harley sustained a calf injury on the 19th of March and since then has been undergoing a comprehensive rehabilitation program," Fremantle's head physiotherapist Jeff Boyle said.
"During this rehabilitation phase, Harley has re-torn the area of the calf that was previously damaged and based on that information we feel that we need a longer period of time to rehabilitate the calf.
"We've sought opinions from national and international experts, their indication is that we just need to take a longer period of time to allow this tissue to heal properly and then to reload the calf so it can sustain the running conditioning we want him to be able to achieve."
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Harley Bennell won't be available to make his Dockers debut until the second half of the season as he is set to undertake an eight-to-10-week program to rehabilitate his injured calf.
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Harley Bennell's return date from a calf injury is still unknown, with Fremantle consulting calf specialists from around Australia to try and determine the best course of rehabilitation.
Bennell injured his calf playing in the WAFL a week before the AFL season started and has been restricted to walking and stationary ball work at training ever since.
Dockers coach Ross Lyon said the club has consulted Australian Institute of Sport head of physical therapies Craig Purdam to look at the ongoing calf problems that Bennell has experienced.
"His return to play is not imminent and we're working through it," Lyon said.
"We certainly won't be taking shortcuts, so when he returns will be when we feel he can sustain it. He's had some inherent calf issues over a period of time that have just haunted him a little bit.
"Our guys are mapping out a strong plan and I'll have a meeting later today just to firm that up with Harley and our conditioners.
"It won't be an insignificant period of time, because we don't want to take any risks."
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Fremantle doesn't have a return date for Harley Bennell's comeback from a calf injury.
Bennell missed the Dockers' disastrous opening round 65-point loss to the Western Bulldogs after straining his troublesome calf while playing for Peel Thunder on March 19.
The setback continued a history of calf issues for the 23-year-old, who suffered ongoing problems during his five seasons at the Suns and undertook a carefully managed 10-week strengthening program before his latest injury.
"He's still going to be a while. We haven't got a firm (timeframe) what it will be with his calf at the moment," Dockers football operations manager Chris Bond said.
Monday, 21 March 2016
A calf injury suffered in the WAFL will delay Harley Bennell's debut for Fremantle.
"He's worked incredibly hard. We're really disappointed. Everything was on track," Dockers coach Ross Lyon said.
"He's in a good frame of mind. He's determined. He's made great inroads here. He's stacked a lot of good moments. He needs to stack a lot more good moments and keep his focus."
Monday, 8 February 2016
Fremantle recruit Harley Bennell remains in the Dockers' rehab group just 11 days out from their first NAB Challenge match against Richmond.
Bennell has been on a restricted program since Christmas as he battles a calf issue.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Harley Bennell did not train with the main group at Fremantle's open session on Wednesday as the club continues to manage his training loads in the lead-up to the Christmas break.
Dockers assistant coach David Hale said there was no cause for concern with Bennell.
"I think they're just de-loading him at the moment, going into Christmas," Hale said.
"He'd done a fair bit of work the first few weeks so I think they're just monitoring him going forward."
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Harley Bennell reveals that a dinner with Ross Lyon helped convince him that Fremantle was the club he wanted to be traded to.
"Ross got me and my mother around for a barbeque," Bennell said.
"We shared some stories. He had some funny stories. That was nice of him to get my mother and myself around.
"We went over a few things. He shared his lifestyle growing up and I shared mine."
Thursday, 15 October 2015
Richmond footy manager Dan Richardson slams Harley Bennell for a lack of respect during trade discussions.
"We flew him over from Perth to find out a little bit more about him and where he's at, and we don't feel he gave that process a great deal of respect," Richardson said.
"Nor did his management, and that's why we moved on.
"He's now a Fremantle player. Maybe that's the way it was going all along, which is the reason why it transpired with us the way that it did."
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Fremantle secures the services of controversial midfielder Harley Bennell on a three-year deal after a trade with Gold Coast.
Bennell had nominated Fremantle as his club of choice after parting ways with the Suns.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Dockers announced they had sent draft picks 16 and 35 to the Suns in exchange for Bennell and pick No.22.
"I'm excited about returning home to WA and joining Fremantle," Bennell said.
"I want to thank the Gold Coast for drafting me and the support they have offered me during my time at the club.
"My main focus now is to knuckle down and have a solid pre-season over the coming months."
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Harley Bennell nominates Fremantle as his preferred new club.
Bennell attracted interest from other clubs, particularly Richmond, but the Tigers pulled out of the race after meeting with the midfielder last week.
Monday, 5 October 2015
New Essendon coach John Worsfold says he is interested in recruiting Harley Bennell to the Bombers.
"(There's) plenty of interest in his talent and we need to do some research into his desire to commit to the standards that will be expected at the Essendon Football Club," Worsfold said.
"I think we need to explore it because his talent warrants that, but it is the package that comes and we need to really find out where his mind's at.
"To what level we explore it will depend on some of the answers we get to these questions."
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Harley Bennell meets with key Richmond personnel at Punt Road on as he searches for a new home in 2016.
Bennell was driven in via a rear entrance by development boss Mark Williams, flanked by the player Williams helped mentor, Dustin Martin.
The three spent two hours inside Tigers headquarters and met with coach Damien Hardwick and chief executive Brendon Gale.
Captain Trent Cotchin was also present, along with fellow leadership group member Ivan Maric.
Tigers football boss Dan Richardson said the meeting was about learning more of Bennell's intentions for his football future.
"We've got some interest in Harley, we'll see where it goes after the meeting today," Richardson said.
"(The meeting is) just getting an insight into what his journey's been, where he's at and where he wants to go with his football."
Monday, 21 September 2015
Harley Bennell settles a public nuisance charge out of court.
It's reported Bennell got himself into hot water after slapping a cigarette out of the mouth of a bouncer outside a nightclub.
Monday, 7 September 2015
Gold Coast announce that Harley Bennell will be traded from the club after yet another disciplinary breach.
Bennell, who was charged with disorderly behaviour after allegedly arguing with a security guard outside a Surfers Paradise nightclub just 24 hours after the Suns' final game of the season.
"He's only a young man and obviously he's made some poor choices, but (I'm) certainly disappointed for him that it's come to this but I think as a club, we've done everything," Suns coach Rodney Eade said.
"As a person, we rate him highly but he just made too many bad choices, but the support will still be there for him.
"He probably didn't think it'd ever come to this and I think it's a big wake-up call … he probably realises that he's not bulletproof."
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Harley Bennell collects 39 disposals against Adelaide in his AFL return but Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade says there is still room for improvement.
"For the couple of weeks that he's had, to be able to come back and win as much of the ball as he did and work as hard as he did it was really pleasing," Eade said.
"He knows where he's at, he knows what he's got to do, he knows how hard he's got to work."
Friday, 24 July 2015
Harley Bennell is ready to move on after the most tumultuous time in his footy career.
Bennell admitted he feared being sacked following drug and alcohol scandals this season, but said he now wanted to make good and be an indigenous role model.
"Football's everything to me," Bennell said.
"When I was young I grew up kicking the footy in the backyard with my brothers. I always wanted to play AFL.
"It's been a disappointing 2015 for myself, put it that way. I'm disappointed in myself and I want to repay the club."
Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade says Harley Bennell has shown genuine remorse for his indiscretion and is ready to perform for the Suns.
"We all make mistakes It's a reasonably big mistake, but it was two-and-a-half years ago," Eade said.
"There's a fair bit of contrition there. He wants to be part of the place going forward.
"He likes his teammates, he wants to be involved and you can see there's been responsibility taken and he acknowledges what he needs to do.
"We've seen through his actions so far, it's only a short period of time, but his actions have been very positive."
Friday, 17 July 2015
Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade says Harley Bennell needs to show effort both on and off the field in the next week to regain his place in the senior team.
"We know he's talented. It's not so much his performance as far as quality, but it's about he effort," Eade said.
"If there's effort in his preparation and effort in his game, there's a fair chance he'll be back in."
Friday, 10 July 2015
Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade says Harley Bennell is fit and ready to play, but no guarantee to return next week.
"He wants to play. But we don't think it's appropriate that he does play for a whole range of reasons," Eade said.
"You've got to make sure the individual's in the right headspace.
"There'll be more education with him as well about what expectations are but around the use of any (illicit) product."
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Gold Coast's leadership group will leave the process of punishing drug-tainted midfielder Harley Bennell to the Suns' management.
"Management's going to take care of that. They're going to gather the facts and they're going to work through it," Suns vice-captain Tom Lynch said.
"We may have some discussion, but senior management will take care of that and give their opinions."
Friday, 3 July 2015
Photographs from 2013 have surfaced in the meida showing Harley Bennell in a Tasmanian hotel room with what has been claimed to be illicit substances.
Bennell is subsequently omitted from the Gold Coast side to take on North Melbourne this week.
"We're worried about the headspace Harley's in and worried about his welfare," Suns coach Rodney Eade said.
"From a club point of view and players' point of view, we think it's appropriate he doesn't play this weekend.
"I don't think it has set in yet, the enormity of the press coverage, so we think it's best he doesn't play."
AFL Players' Association boss Paul Marsh slams News Corporations's decision to publish images on the front page of its newspapers of Gold Coast player Harley Bennell with allegedly illicit substances.
"Extremely disappointed. We were aware this was coming yesterday, we spoke to the Herald Sun to try to get them to not run the photos," Marsh said.
"We don't see that it serves any purpose and it's putting one of our members in a very, very difficult position.
"Let's not forget that we're dealing with a human being's life here. We've got a player now – for an action that he took two-and-a-half years ago – who's going through hell."
Thursday, 21 May 2015
Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade says he is confident he can get best out of Harley Bennell.
"I've coached blokes that are free spirits, that play on instincts, and Harley's an instinctive player," Eade said.
"There's just some rough edges to his game we need to teach and that's the same with any young players.
"I think he wants to get better, he wants to improve.
"He's on the right track and he just needs some more guidance on how we want him to play."
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Suns coach Rodney Eade says the club will not trade Harley Bennell and Brandon Matera who were recently banished to the NEAFL for defying the club's edict on alcohol consumption.
"Both Harley and Brandon are very much part of the future as far as I'm concerned (and) as far as we're concerned," Eade said.
"They buy into what we want to produce here and the way we want to go about it.
"We don't want to trade them and we certainly want them here."
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Gold Coast has dropped Harley Bennell, Trent McKenzie and Brandon Matera for Saturday's match against Adelaide for failing to meet the club's discipline standards.
It is believed players were asked to steer clear of alcohol to concentrate on recovery in the wake of Saturday night's drought-breaking win over the Brisbane Lions.
The trio breached the directive on Sunday.
They were challenged by the leadership group on Monday before the leaders, Suns management and coaching staff agreed on the punishment.
Bennell, McKenzie and Matera will all play NEAFL this weekend before being considered for senior selection again.
Thursday, 19 February 2015
Gold Coast is satisfied with the way livewire Harley Bennell has responded to training after being disciplined for a breach of team standards.
Bennell is believed to be one of several Suns players punished by the club after a recent night out.
"They're a pretty good group and they train hard and work hard, but when you get so many young blokes, every now and then someone might actually step out of line with what's expected of them," Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade said.
"But we've addressed that and spoken to Harley about what he needs to do to make himself the best footballer he can be. He's certainly responded in the right way."
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Harley Bennell's 27 disposals and club record-equalling six goals were a huge factor in the Suns' 40-point romp over the Cats which solidified Gold Coast's position in the top eight.
"I know he doesn't want to get pumped up too much, because he knows he'll get a lot of close attention from opposition coming up," teammate Jarrod Harbrow said about Bennell.
"We've got a couple of tough weeks coming up and he's going to get a lot of attention. His class and how he sees the game is a different level to most players."
Friday, 13 June 2014
Harley Bennell signs a new three-year deal with Gold Coast and will remain at the Suns until the end of 2017.
"We are a really tight group, we have been through the hard times together, our journey has been unique and we are as determined as ever to share that success that every player wants," Bennell said.
"We think we have made up significant ground over the last couple of years but we know that if we are to achieve the success that we all want in the future, that the hard work has only just begun."
Monday, 31 March 2014
Harley Bennell will miss at least another two matches after aggravating his calf injury.
"Unfortunately I pulled up sore again last week," Bennell said.
"It has been a pretty frustrating start to the season, but all I can do is concentrate on getting it right."
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Harley Bennell says he was consistently frustrated by hamstring injuries in 2013 and hopes to be over them in 2014.
"It just kept cropping up and it was annoying having to go back and start again and tick all the boxes," Bennell said.
"I just have to strengthen my core, through my hips and hopefully I can play more games next year."
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Harley Bennell wins the Polly Farmer Medal for being best afield in the Indigeous All-Stars big win against a depleted Richmond in Alice Springs.
"I've known Harley since he was in the AIS Academy - I was his mentor there and to see him come on, he could be one of the really good players in the AFL, a real top liner,'' All-Stars coach Michael O'Loughlin said.
"He's starting to realise the work rate and professionalism and dedication you need to succeed at this level and he's building a career not for one, two or three years, but to get a 10-plus year career out of it.''
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
Harley Bennell ends 2012 on a sour note, charged with disorderly behaviour and failing to obey an order given by a police officer during New Year's Eve celebrations in Western Australia.
Bennell was one of several people arrested when fighting broke out in the nightclub district in Mandurah, south of Perth. He was taken to Mandurah police station and released on bail in the morning.
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Exciting young talent Harley Bennell re-signs with Gold Coast for a further two seasons.
"I'm rapt to re-sign with the Suns," he said.
"I have got a lot of mates here, I'm enjoying my footy and I believe we are building something pretty special."
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Contract negotiations between Harley Bennell and the Suns are moving slowly, but Gold Coast is confident he will stay.
"We're going through the normal process of a negotiation. There's nothing different to the normal process and with those things they take time to get done," Gold Coast's football manager Marcus Ashcroft said.
"From our point of view we expect Harley to be with us long term, and there's been nothing to suggest through the negotiation period that there'll be anything different."
Sunday, 6 May 2012
After being dropped twice last year for failing to attend compulsory training sessions, Harley Bennell has turned his life around both on and off the field, culminated by a 37-disposal and 3-goal display against Fremantle.
"He went and moved in with Karmichael (Hunt) who became his mentor. K is driven and a highly professional person and that was a really good thing for Harley," Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna said.
"For all these young kids it's a massive year, throwing in living away from home, learning to cook, clean, those grey clouds appear above your head and it becomes hard.
"Harley is very close to his mum and his brothers and his father is a bit crook at the moment as well, so that's an issue, so we manage and help him through that."
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Harley Bennell is close to a Suns recall but coach Guy McKenna will wait on what his leadership group decides.
"It was more about him buying into the program," McKenna said.
"We know he's got the talent, it's about his character buying into the program. If I get the tap on the shoulder from Gaz (Ablett) and the boys I'm sure he'll be in line for selection."
Friday, 10 June 2011
Gold Coast development coach Andy Lovell says the club will work with Harley Bennell to help him overcome his homesickness after Bennell was dropped from the side indefinitely for failing to attend a training session.
"Harley's not the first player to ever get homesick at an AFL club," Lovell said.
"He's a long way from home, as we know, and he freely admits how he handled the situation wasn't ideal, but as a footy club, we recognise he's an 18 year-old young man and does not have the experience that he needs."
Thursday, 9 June 2011
Gold Coast youngster Harley Bennell has been dropped to the reserves after missing a compulsory training session.
"[Unless] Harley demonstrates to the leadership group his intent to adhere to the strict guidelines that the playing group set themselves, he will be unavailable for senior selection," Suns football operations manager Marcus Ashcroft said.
"We will continue to support Harley during this time. It's our priority to make sure he understands the levels of professionalism required for him to become the player that we know he can be and we hope to see him recalled to the senior side sooner rather than later."