Herald Sun

BEN­NELL GETS $5K WAKE-UP

- GREG DAVIS BRIS­BANE

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.

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