After another off-field indiscretion for Fremantle’s Harley Bennell, Nick Dal Santo feels sorry for other players on the list who must deal with these situations.
Bennell was asked to leave an Ocean Beach hotel last weekend for being intoxicated, with the club saying they will not sanction the midfielder for the incident.
However, Dal Santo said the club would be reaching wits’ end with the midfielder.
“I don’t know how many more lives he’s got left in regards to a football career,” Dal Santo told SEN Breakfast.
“Peter Bell came in as General Manager of Football and there was a sense that it was zero tolerance.
“Now there’s been another one, now how significant it is, I don’t know, I don’t think it’s the end of the world.
“It’s just an accumulative portfolio of mistakes that Harley’s had. As a teammate, it’s extremely disappointing and frustrating at this time of the year when you have so much to focus on.
“Your time and effort as a leadership group and as senior players at the club, you do not need to be speaking about this rubbish one more time.
“I’d be frustrated as a teammate, it’s just annoying and frustrating to come back from a break and go through this one more time. I feel sorry for the playing group and I feel sorry for Ross Lyon who has to keep justifying why he’s on the list.
“I wouldn’t have thought he’s got any lives left.”
Dal Santo said Lyon still rates Bennell highly, but would be running low on patience.
“I know Ross (Lyon) very well and I know Ross rates him extremely highly for the way that he trains and plays,” he said.
“Unfortunately, there’s other stuff that Harley gets talked about more than his football ability.
Bennell has played two games for the Dockers since joining the team in 2016.
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