AFL star Harley Bennell hospitalised on the Gold Coast after announcing retirement

NEWLY retired AFL star Harley Bennell has reportedly been taken to hospital on the Gold Coast just hours after announcing his retirement.

According to Newscorp, Police were called to a Broadbeach apartment around 8pm on Monday after receiving reports of a disturbance and found the former Gold Coast, Fremantle and Melbourne player in a ‘heavily intoxicated’ state.

Officers then called paramedics and he was taken to hospital for further treatment.


No further details have been released.

The incident happened just hours after Bennell took to Instagram to announce his retirement from the AFL following a troubled 10-year career.

“Best 10 years of my life,” Bennell wrote.

“Thank you to everyone that was involved. It was an awesome ride.”

The 27-year-old has just recently been suspended for four games and handed a massive $50,000 fine after breaching the AFL’s strict COVID-19 hub rules while up on the Sunshine Coast.

It was the latest incident involving the once-promising young star, whose career has been marred by injury woes and various off-field incidents.

In 2015, while playing with the Gold Coast Suns, Bennell was forced to issue a public apology after photos emerged of him with what appeared to be lines of powder.

The incident occurred not long after he had been sanctioned for disobeying a team drinking ban.

He also found himself in troubled for failing to return to the Gold Coast after a Perth trip in 2011.

In 2012, he was arrested after getting into a brawl at a Western Australian nightclub on News Year’s Eve.