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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fremantle starting to get excited about Harley Bennell again

Fremantle fans can start to get excited if Harley Bennell continues to progress the way he has in recent weeks.
That’s the message from coach Ross Lyon as Bennell prepares for his second game at Peel this season after shaking off his latest calf setback.
Bennell has had to battle a perforated ear drum this week, but trained yesterday and is expected to play 60-70 minutes against Subiaco at Bendigo Bank Stadium in Mandurah tomorrow after he managed nine disposals in his return against Claremont a fortnight ago.
“He’ll build the week after and the week after that,” Lyon said yesterday.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed. I need to send her a box of chocolates, the physiotherapist from the ballet. What she has done with him has really contributed strongly and complemented the program we had in place.
“He is actually running as freely, with high-end speed and power, as we’ve seen him since he’s been here.
“If that can keep happening we can all start to get a little bit excited.”
Bennell played two games at AFL level last year, but will hope to add to that tally in the back half of the season if he is to extend his stay at the Dockers beyond 2018.
“He’s not playing midfield at the minute, midfield is so hard,” Lyon said.
“He’ll play forward, high forward. We’ll just let him run his race a little bit. The kid has been to hell and back, under a lot of scrutiny, sometimes brought upon himself, sometimes not fair, not accurate.
“He’ll just keep working through. He has shown great resilience. We don’t want to lose players with his level of talent out of the game for whatever reason, because in recent history there has been some sad stories. We don’t want another one.”