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AFL trades 2018: The two clubs who could look at troubled Fremantle Docker Harley Bennell

Former St Kilda star Leigh Montagna believes two other clubs would be interested in Fremantle’s Harley Bennell, should the club look to move the midfielder on during the 2018 off-season.

Bennell signed a new one-year deal with the Dockers in August, but on Tuesday, journalist Sam McClure reported Fremantle was trying to part ways with the injury-prone player.

“I can tell you this morning that Fremantle, as we go to air today, are trying to break its contract with Harley Bennell,” McClure told AFL Trade Radio.

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“They are trying to move him on from the club despite, only weeks ago, handing Harley Bennell a one-year contract extension.”

But Montagna explained a club such as Hawthorn or Sydney may be able to get the best out of Bennell, if the Dockers were to move him on.

Could the Hawks or Swans call on Bennell?Could the Hawks or Swans call on Bennell?
Camera IconCould the Hawks or Swans call on Bennell?Picture: Daniel Wilkins

“I think there will be (interest),” Montagna said on Fox Footy’s Trade Lowdown.

“I think a certain type of club that has probably got a strong culture, that thinks they can back themselves in (would look at Bennell).

“Maybe a club like the Sydney Swans, they’ve done it in the past — maybe Hawthorn, we know they’ve had a good success at it, but I still think he’s talented enough and still young enough that you can take a risk on him and maybe you can get some football out of him.”

The 26-year-old has played just two games in the last three seasons, with the onballer having averaged 98 Champion Data rankings points between 2012 and 2015.

Former Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd yesterday labelled Bennell as one of the AFL’s “biggest wastes of talent”.

Lloyd said the troubled Fremantle midfielder had the potential to be a superstar but had wasted his ability, while injuries hadn’t helped his cause.

When asked if any other club would be interested in Bennell’s services, Lloyd’s response was blunt at best.

“No,” he told Trade Radio.

“I think he’s had enough chances. First of all, I’m massive about character and he’s let himself down in that regard.

“And then it’s the injuries, he just can’t get his body right Harley Bennell.

“This will be one of the biggest wastes of talent in the history of the game, he’s kicked six in a game against Adelaide and kicked five.

“He’s an absolute superstar but has wasted his ability and his body has let him down in the last couple of years.”

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