Disgraced Gold Coast midfielder Harley Bennell looks set to make his return to the AFL in the Suns clash against Adelaide next week.
The 22-year-old picked up 37 disposals and kicked one goal in a well-beaten team as he made his return to football for the Suns’ reserves on Saturday.
While the Suns were thrashed by the NEAFL’s table-topping UWS Giants 23.20 (158) to 3.10 (28) at Metricon Stadium, Eade was pleased with Bennell’s performance.
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It was Bennell’s first game since he was stood down in the wake of photos being published nationwide of him appearing to use an illicit substance in a Tasmanian hotel room in 2013.
On Thursday, Bennell was fined $5000 and given a suspended three-game ban by the club.
Since the scandal broke, Bennell has missed the Suns past three AFL fixtures but Eade says he’ll be in the reckoning to play the Crows.