Fremantle suspends Harley Bennell after nightclub fracas

Fremantle have ordered midfielder Harley Bennell to train away from the club for the next two months after he was involved in an incident at a local bar the night before pre-season training resumed in 2018.

The Dockers also imposed a $15,000 fine on their wayward star with $5000 to be suspended and expecthim to undergo counselling in an attempt to address his off-field issues.

The alleged incident came to light after footage was aired on Channel Seven in Perth on Monday night and the Dockers moved quickly to imposetheir penalty on Tuesday.

Harley Bennell is in trouble again. Photo: AAP

Fremantle football manager Chris Bond said Bennell’s return to the club after theeight weeks would be dependent on him displaying the right attitude in his time away from the club.

“Harley has not met our expected standards and also those of an elite AFL player,” Bond said.

“In this instance, he consumed an excessive amount of alcohol the day before a training session.

“In addition to a $15,000 fine, Harley will not train at the club for the next eight weeks and also continue ongoing counselling to assist him with making better decisions in off-field situations.

“Harley will train with Peel during that period and will also be required to undertake and complete a separate training program set by our strength and conditioning staff.

“Whilst we have set an eight-week time frame for when Harley can return to the club and train with his teammates, ultimately that will be determined by Harley’s future actions, how he responds to the measures we have put in place and whether he can consistently meet and display the standards expected by the club and the playing group.”

It is the latest in long line of controversies surrounding the gifted footballer, who joined Gold Coast as pick No.2 at the 2010 national draft.

He played 81 games with the Suns and was runner-up in the club’s best and fairest in 2012 but was traded at the end of 2015 to the Dockers on a three-year deal that expires at the end of 2018.

The 25-year-old spent nearly two years on the sidelines battling a persistent calf problem before playing the final two games of last season.

He has received constant public support from coach Ross Lyon throughout his time at the Dockers, with the coach living by his motto to support the player but challenge the behaviour.

Midway through last year Fremantle ordered him to undergo counselling and fined him $10,000 –half of which was suspended –after bizarre behaviour while watching a WAFL game.

The 24-year-old twice interrupted the three-quarter-time huddle of the match between Peel Thunder and Swan Districts to speak to his cousin Traye Bennell.

Bennell was also kicked off a Gold Coast-bound flight before it departed in April because he was intoxicated.

Before joining the Dockers, photos emerged of the then-Suns player allegedly using illicit drugs.

With AAP

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