Peel region product’s footy career in doubt once again

Trouble-torn Fremantle Docker Harley Bennell is again facing the sack.

The former Gold Coast midfielder and Peel region footy product failed to attend Fremantle’s fairest-and-best awards in Perth on Saturday night.

New Dockers football general manager and Fremantle playing great Peter Bell is tipped to oversee Bennell’s possible departure after he missed the function, which is compulsory for players.

Bell and Dockers’ management is expected to explore any interest from rival AFL outfits during this week’s trade period.

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But if Bennell, 26, doesn’t attract any trade prospects around the league it seems his future at Fremantle is tipped to be seriously reviewed by Bell.

It is understood that Bell is taking a strong stance in his bid to rejuvenate Dockers culture and spirit within the football staff and playing group.

Just last January Bennell was banned from the Dockers senior squad and was sent back to alignment team Peel Thunder for eight weeks after a late night incident at a Fremantle hotel and missing the start of summer training.

Bennell was surprisingly awarded a one-year contract extension late into the 2018 season.

It is understood endorsement for Bennell’s extension had a strong influence from Dockers head coach Ross Lyon and then football department boss Chris Bond.

Bond quit and walked out immediately after the Dockers season just a fortnight after list manager Brad Lloyd resigned and moved to Carlton as football operations boss.

Bennell was a controversial trade into Fremantle at the end of the 2015 season and has managed just two Dockers games in his injury and ill-disciplined time back in his home state.

He managed 81 games at Gold Coast after being a prized number two pick at the 2010 national draft from Peel Thunder.