Harley Bennell
MidfielderM
 Free Agent  
Announces retirement
MFree Agent
September 27, 2020
Bennell announced his retirement Monday, 7 AFL reports.
ANALYSIS
Bennell battled injuries during the 2020 season, and he'll elect to call it a career. The 27-year-old appeared in four games for the Demons this season, logging four goals with 49 disposals and 24 kicks.
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Rejoining lineup for Round 10
MMelbourne Demons
August 4, 2020
Bennell (undisclosed) will return to action for Round 10 versus the Crows, Ben Gibson of the Demons' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
After three consecutive games, Bennell was given a breather in Round 9 for management purposes with a condensed schedule ahead. He will return to action in Round 10, though he has yet to return near the standards he set prior to the numerous calf issues he's dealt with.
Out for Round 9
MMelbourne Demons
Undisclosed
July 28, 2020
Bennell (managed) won't play in Round 9, AFLRatings.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Bennell doesn't appear to be being held out due to a significant issue, but rather as an attempt to manage his load. His next chance to play will come Aug. 5 versus Adelaide.
Ready for action
MMelbourne Demons
June 9, 2020
Bennell (calf) was confirmed among the selections for Saturday's Round 2 game against the Carleton Blues, Callum Twomey of AFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Bennell battled serious calf injuries over the past four years and appeared in only two games during his time with Fremantle. The 27-year-old appeared in 15 games with Gold Coast during the 2015 season and totaled 11 goals, 55 tackles, 55 marks, and 225 kicks. It's unclear if he will be limited in his first game back, but the fact that he's an interchange may suggest that's the case.
Likely available in Round 2
MMelbourne Demons
Calf
June 5, 2020
Teammate Christian Salem indicated Thursday that Bennell (calf) should be in a position for selection in Round 2 versus Carlton, AFL Nation reports.
ANALYSIS
Bennell has not appeared in a contest since the 2017 season due to lingering injury problems, but the 27-year-old midfielder appears to finally be in a form that will allow his return to action. In his last full season with Gold Coast, Bennell averaged 15 kicks, 8.4 handballs and 3.7 marks per game.