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45 minutes ago, Age said:

Just found out he is apparently 4 to 6 weeks away...

It would be fitting for any player to start their career here with a 4-6 injury. If that's accurate its probably better than I was expecting.

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As most of you will know I attended many of Melbourne's training sessions at Gosch's before we moved to Casey as a result of Covid.  My main interest was the rehab group, I always like to see who's in

You are wrong on both counts. I lost my job and my husband’s business is surviving on jobkeeper and is 70% down.  I had a friend attempt to commit suicide and I had a friend who works in a hospital

Username officially updated. Welcome to the MFC Harley.

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I wonder how the salary works in a situation like this.

If he survives till the deadline on 6 March and Dees decide to take him as a rookie knowing that he might not even play in 2020 or a large part of it, wonder if there are any salary cap concessions. Like there are with players who go on the long term injury list except in this case he's coming in on the long term injury list. 

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41 minutes ago, durango said:

Fixing the injury is just the start, his mental attitude has probably changed as well because when you have a child who looks up to you for inspiration, you neeed to become mentally stronger to carry the expectation.

I think people might be placing FAR too much weight on a baby turning around a once (supposedly) poor attitude.

How many busted [censored] losers have you seen with kids in tow, durry hanging out of their mouth and kids sans shoes? Plenty.

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2 minutes ago, faultydet said:

I think people might be placing FAR too much weight on a baby turning around a once (supposedly) poor attitude.

How many busted [censored] losers have you seen, with kids in tow, durry hanging out of their mouth, and kids sans shoes? Plenty.

Not many of them have the opportunity to secure a job that pays $500k+ per year for the 3 years if they can get it together. That's a fair incentive.

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Just now, Fifty-5 said:

Not many of them have the opportunity to secure a job that pays $500k+ per year for the 3 years if they can get it together. That's a fair incentive.

True, but it's not a magic wand either.

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34 minutes ago, faultydet said:

I think people might be placing FAR too much weight on a baby turning around a once (supposedly) poor attitude.

How many busted [censored] losers have you seen with kids in tow, durry hanging out of their mouth and kids sans shoes? Plenty.

The only thing I'm interested in is him being fit to play...

You would think he was Ivan Milat the way some people go on.

All his so called issues will mean nothing if he can get on the ground and perform at his best.

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3 hours ago, Age said:

Before it get's taken as lore, I was being facetious with my comment as every injury we had this year seemed to be 4 to 6 and then they almost never played again. 

Only this year? 

Nick "426" Smith would argue otherwise. 

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2 hours ago, faultydet said:

I think people might be placing FAR too much weight on a baby turning around a once (supposedly) poor attitude.

How many busted [censored] losers have you seen with kids in tow, durry hanging out of their mouth and kids sans shoes? Plenty.

You may be correct, but it certainly can happen. Take Martin Pike for instance the wild boy of Melbourne, North Melbourne and Fitzroy. Picked up by Leigh Matthews to play for Brisbane after Matthews claimed that Pike having become a father had settled down. And of course he played in the Lions 2001/2/3 premiership teams

OK just one example but I’m sure there are more. If Bennell can overcome his injury problems and has matured (many people do when they reach the age of 27 and have a family to consider) then us supporters are in for a treat!

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3 hours ago, rjay said:

The only thing I'm interested in is him being fit to play...

You would think he was Ivan Milat the way some people go on.

All his so called issues will mean nothing if he can get on the ground and perform at his best.

His footy is the only thing I am interested in. Not his parenting skills.

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45 minutes ago, Redleg said:

If it’s true that he hasn’t run for 6 months, it would not be difficult to see him missing most, if not all of the season.

Playing any games this year might be a bonus.

I'm not expecting much in 2020, this isn't because I have any intimate knowledge of his situation it's just going on his past recurrence of injuries. The issue that many forget is that when a body gets serious injuries it creates other issues, his calves may get back to full fitness but who knows he might get back related soreness through overcompensation, or his hammy might be a bit susceptible to injury because it hasn't experienced regular full training for a long time.

I don't think this is being negative but I think there will be setbacks, all he (and we) can hope for is that he puts the hours into the rehab to minimise setbacks, and he continues to have the attitude that he is currently displaying. If those things happen then we might see what he can do on the field.

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2 hours ago, Redleg said:

If it’s true that he hasn’t run for 6 months, it would not be difficult to see him missing most, if not all of the season.

Playing any games this year might be a bonus.

Happy to have him fit and simply slot back into the side for a few ( finals) games at the pointy end of the season a la Marlion Pickett. 3 or 4 September games is all we need from him. Imagine the lift to the team a fit Bennell would bring playing his first game in a semi or a prelim. One can only dream. 

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16 hours ago, faultydet said:

I think people might be placing FAR too much weight on a baby turning around a once (supposedly) poor attitude.

How many busted [censored] losers have you seen with kids in tow, durry hanging out of their mouth and kids sans shoes? Plenty.

Those losers have to deal with faulty Centrelink robo-debts.

But ask @ding: just give the kid a big fuzzy ball and some jelly and it will be fine - freeing up Papa to concentrate on football. 

 

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Whilst Bennell has a tonne of running to do to catch up, he may well have done zero g running and bike riding, etc to keep his legs active. If his mind is in a good place, I'd back our FD to get his body right

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3 hours ago, Skuit said:

Those losers have to deal with faulty Centrelink robo-debts.

But ask @ding: just give the kid a big fuzzy ball and some jelly and it will be fine - freeing up Papa to concentrate on football. 

 

What does a robo-debt have to do with choosing cigarettes over your kids shoes?

Nonsensical.

 

Like I said, I don't care about his parenting skills, only his footy. But if it helps him to give his all, that's wonderful.

 

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On 11/26/2019 at 12:25 PM, Age said:

Before it get's taken as lore, I was being facetious with my comment as every injury we had this year seemed to be 4 to 6 and then they almost never played again. 

 

On 11/26/2019 at 3:51 PM, Dr. Mubutu said:

Only this year? 

Nick "426" Smith would argue otherwise. 

Big problem is that Nick Smith’s 4-6 became 4 to 6, 4 2 6 then 426 weeks (= a bit over 8 years)
 

In 426 weeks Harley will be in his mid 30s and if still on our list would have become a genuine list clogger. 

13 hours ago, Wells 11 said:

Happy to have him fit and simply slot back into the side for a few ( finals) games at the pointy end of the season a la Marlion Pickett. 3 or 4 September games is all we need from him. Imagine the lift to the team a fit Bennell would bring playing his first game in a semi or a prelim. One can only dream. 

Wells.  Even if he only “did a Marlin Pickett” and came in for a GF win most (though I am sure not all) who post here would be reasonably pleased 🤗

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On 11/26/2019 at 1:12 PM, faultydet said:

I think people might be placing FAR too much weight on a baby turning around a once (supposedly) poor attitude.

How many busted [censored] losers have you seen with kids in tow, durry hanging out of their mouth and kids sans shoes? Plenty.

Depends how poor his attitude was I guess. Was he a genuine no-hoper or a kid in his early 20s on few hundred K a year partying it up with his mates?

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