The career of Fremantle midfielder and Peel region football product Harley Bennell is in doubt after allegations he was involved in a nightclub brawl hours before the club’s first training session for the year.
The alleged incident was captured on video and was aired on Channel Seven on Monday night, along with a statement from the Dockers.
“The club is aware of a matter involving a player outside a licensed premises in Fremantle on Sunday,” the statement read.
“The club is making inquiries and will be in a position to comment when that process is completed.”
It is unclear whether Bennell was at the club on Monday.
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 Gold Coast and was runner-up in the club's best and fairest in 2012 but was traded at the end of 2015 to the Dockers.
The 25-year-old spent nearly two years on the sidelines battling a persistent calf problem before playing the final two games last season.
He has received constant public support from coach Ross Lyon throughout his time at the Dockers but the latest controversy once again puts his playing career in doubt.
Mid-last year Fremantle ordered him to undergo counselling and fined him $10,000 – half of which was suspended – after bizarre behaviour while watching a Peel Thunder game.
He made his return to football through the Mandurah-based WAFL club in the ensuing weeks, before making his Fremantle Dockers debut against Richmond late in the season.
- With AAP