Harley Bennell has started training with Melbourne as he looks to secure a third shot at AFL football.

The talented midfielder is striving to win a contract with the Demons during the pre-season supplemental selection period - the system that saw Richmond secure Sydney Stack ahead of the 2019 season.

Although having previously visited the club and met with coaching staff, Bennell began the trial with a weights session on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old continues to recover from surgery on both calves, which troubled him throughout a difficult three-year stint at Fremantle, and is on a modified training program.

Last week, Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin said there was a chance Bennell still might not be right for round one due to the injuries but he was eager to turn his ailing AFL career around.

"We're really excited about Harley," he told SEN radio. "He's certainly trying to really turn his life around and put a step forward.

"We speak about the love of the game every time I've caught up with Harley. He's 27 and he's still got a love of the game.

"He's emotional about where his footy has been and where he wants it to get to and he doesn't want to waste it.

"We want to give him that opportunity to train with us, prepare as best we can knowing it's going to be a journey."

Bennell was drafted to the Suns at pick No.2 in 2010 and played 81 games, kicking 92 goals, before being traded to Fremantle at the end of 2015 following a number of off-field issues.

He had a plethora of calf issues during his time at Fremantle and made just two AFL appearances for the Dockers, both at the end of 2017.

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