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Bennell not in court for fight charges
Harley Bennell. Pic: AFL Media

Gold Coast AFL midfielder Harley Bennell has not appeared in court to face charges over a New Year's Eve scuffle, leaving his lawyer to represent him in court.

Bennell had been charged with disorderly behaviour and failing to obey an order given by a police officer during celebrations in Mandurah.

The 20-year-old was one of several people arrested when fighting broke out in his home town.

Bennell chose not to appear in the Mandurah Magistrates Court today but was represented by his lawyer who asked that the matter be adjourned until April 2.

The West Australian was drafted by the Suns in 2010 as their second pick.

He played every game of the 2012 season and finished runner-up in the club's best and fairest last year, second only to champion Gary Ablett.