BENNELL GETS $5K WAKE-UP
GOLD Coast has whacked bad boy Harley Bennell.
Now it will wait and see whether the troubled midfielder is serious about staying at the Suns.
Gold Coast yesterday slapped the 22-year-old with a $5000 fine and a suspended three-match ban for his role in the drugs saga that has engulfed the club.
His future at the Suns depends on his behaviour over the next two months after a photograph of him with lines of speed in 2013 was published in the Herald
Sun two weeks ago. The Suns are tired of Bennell’s poor behaviour and this is his last chance.
Bennell will return to football in the Suns seconds, in the NEAFL, tomorrow and will be available for senior selection for next weekend’s match against Adelaide.
He has not played since the June 28 loss to Carlton.
Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade said Bennell had been contrite but needed to put his words into action.
“(He) can see how it’s impacted other people, his teammates and the club in a wider view,’’ Eade said.
“I’ve spoken to him about the expectations and standards.
“I asked him if he wants to be at the club. He said he does, he was unequivocal about that, he was very strong.
“I said we’d love to keep him as well, but there’s going to be the expectations and standards of what we expect from every player.’’
Bennell will undergo a counselling and rehabilitation program that he will fund with the $5000 “contribution’’ to the club.