Free Agency Harley Bennell [joins Melbourne as a delisted free agent]

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From everything that I've seen and read he doesn't have to nominate and even the AFL website report agrees.



The fact that he's agreed to train with Melbourne further pushes this or else what's the point of announcing it? Would be quite strange that he's agreed to start training with Melbourne in December.
Bear in mind with the mid season draft a player is not eligible for it unless he nominated for a draft the year before..the question would be whether the SSP has the same rule..only the afl would know for sure.
 

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He has to nominate for at least the PSD and rookie drafts doesnt he? or under the rules he isnt eligible for the SSP as he was never in the draft pool.
Nope . It is complicated, but now he is ours to list or say no thanks to. But from 1 Dec he will be paid to train with us until we pick him up around Feb. If he had have kept his options open the he would have to put himself in the draft. It's an odd system, but the basic thing is he is ours to take or discard.
 

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Because i thought the SSP only applied to players who nominated for a draft in the last 2 years. Bennell didnt nominate last year so he would have to nominate this year though i could be wrong. That article doesnt really tell us one way or the other.
I thought the same, but someone pointed out that players last year were withdrawing from the draft so they could be SSP selections. Ie Brooksby, Wagner and Weller.

 

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I thought the same, but someone pointed out that players last year were withdrawing from the draft so they could be SSP selections. Ie Brooksby, Wagner and Weller.

But those players had nominated for the draft the year before so maybe you can only bypass the draft if you have done that? Only the afl knows really though.
 

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He has to nominate for at least the PSD and rookie drafts doesnt he? or under the rules he isnt eligible for the SSP as he was never in the draft pool.
Delisted players from the previous 2 years do not have to.
Players never been on an AFL list must be overlooked from the national draft.
 

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But those players had nominated for the draft the year before so maybe you can only bypass the draft if you have done that? Only the afl knows really though.
Weller was a listed player at st kilda. Did you read the article?

"Players who were previously listed and then cut or who have spent a year out of the AFL since retirement or delisting themselves no longer have to enter the draft to find their way to a new club."
 

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Looks like the surgery was not 100% , Shame for this bloke as he is an unbelievable talent
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Injury-prone former Docker Harley Bennell reportedly cops another calf setback during pre-season training with Melbourne Demons
The West Australian
Saturday, 25 January 2020 12:00PM
 

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Looks like the surgery was not 100% , Shame for this bloke as he is an unbelievable talent
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Injury-prone former Docker Harley Bennell reportedly cops another calf setback during pre-season training with Melbourne Demons
The West Australian
Saturday, 25 January 2020 12:00PM
It's only minor, it was never going to be a straight shot back.

They'll have to build him up over time, there's going to be bumps in the road.
 

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Think it is over for him shame but a relief for our sports and medical guys


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Given that people who went to training saw him leave training early Monday but then saw him training on Wednesday looking fine I'm inclined to believe it was nothing at all unless something happened at the closed session Friday but I imagine the club would've commented on that if it were the case.
 

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Yeah I think he's done. That he tweaked his calf in training would indicate he's still a long way from his body being game ready. Too big a risk I reckon to be taking up a list spot.
 

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I like Harley.
I have this strange feeling we could have fixed him and won him a couple of flags. All he had to do was turn up to training on time and he couldn’t manage that.

Oh well, like Deledio he made his own decision. I hope it works out for him.
 

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Given that people who went to training saw him leave training early Monday but then saw him training on Wednesday looking fine I'm inclined to believe it was nothing at all unless something happened at the closed session Friday but I imagine the club would've commented on that if it were the case.
Been there done that

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Hope he gets back and rips it up.

Too talented to be lost to the game.
Takes more talent to make it in the AFL and I think the last two years has shown Harley want he needs to do. He went from a top 2 pick to jobless. Probably the kick up the arse he needed. Hopefully he plays a few games
 

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Takes more talent to make it in the AFL and I think the last two years has shown Harley want he needs to do. He went from a top 2 pick to jobless. Probably the kick up the arse he needed. Hopefully he plays a few games
What are you talking about?
it's almost like you know nothing about Harley. His problem has been injuries. His desire to succeed and the understanding of the work needed to get there has never faulted.

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Given that people who went to training saw him leave training early Monday but then saw him training on Wednesday looking fine I'm inclined to believe it was nothing at all unless something happened at the closed session Friday but I imagine the club would've commented on that if it were the case.
He has been ruled out for half the year - those saying he was fine missed something.
 

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