Fremantle Coach Ross Lyon Says They Will "Never Give Up" On Harley Bennell

As he attempts to overcome injury

Ben Madden

14 March 2019

Ben Madden

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says that the club will "never give up" on getting Harley Bennell back playing AFL.

Since Bennell moved from the Gold Coast Suns at the end of 2015, he's played just two AFL games for the Dockers, due to terrible luck with injury, as well as off-field demeanours.

The latest setback came in February, after he suffered yet another calf injury at training.

Speaking to the West Australian, Lyon gave an emotional interview detailing the reasons behind his faith in the midfielder.

“Harley is like me — is the ride worth the fall? Yeah.”

“When you put yourself up, no one is safe from critique, but the misinformation and lack of rigour is a concern."

“Persistence and perseverance knows no failure. Harley is still persisting and we’re hopeful it will turn.

“I’ve seen it in him from day one and even when he’s had his moments, it’s been self-destruction because he couldn’t have worked any harder and it just imploded on him.

“People try to read between the lines and make it up in between, but we’re not lying and Harley is not lying.”

Bennell received a fresh one-year deal at the end of last year.

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