Sun sets on Harley Bennell at Gold Coast
A DISORDERLY behaviour charge issued after an alleged spat with a security guard outside a Surfers Paradise nightclub has signalled the end for Gold Coast Suns star Harley Bennell.
The 22-year-old will now be put up for trade, and there will no doubt be plenty of suitors for the highly-talented but trouble-prone West Australian.
During the pre-season he undertook four weeks of community service after breaking alcohol rules, and was then suspended for one match for a repeat offence after a win over the Brisbane Lions in round five.
Then in July, images of the 22-year-old allegedly snorting illegal substances in a Tasmanian hotel room in 2013 were splashed across the front page of News Limited papers. That led to a $5000 fine and three-match suspension, with Bennell also forced to undergo an off-field welfare program.
He expressed his remorse in an interview with afl.com.au, saying he was determined not to reoffend after being given one more chance.
"I still have two years left on my contract. I don't want to leave the football club. I love this football club and I want to stay here," he said. "I've just got to work hard from here on in, clean up some of the decisions I make away from the football club and work hard on the track.
"It's being a professional away from the footy club, not just at the footy club."
That last chance has now gone, the Suns taking to Twitter to confirm the No.2 selection in the 2010 draft would be traded.
The club's leadership group said it was fully supportive of the decision, with captain Gary Ablett describing Bennell's situation as "extremely disappointing".
Several clubs have already been linked to the midfielder, including Hawthorn, Essendon, Melbourne and St Kilda.
- APN SPORTS BUREAU