FORMER Western Bulldogs midfielder Daniel Cross is set to sign a one-year deal with Melbourne.
AFL.com.au understands the deal will be signed off if Cross passes a medical examination next week.
The 30-year old retired from the Bulldogs at season's end, but had made it clear he wanted to continue playing elsewhere.
Cross confirmed the deal on Melbourne radio station 3AW on Monday and said the contract had the option of a second year.
"I'm really, really excited that something's going to come about and I'm able to continue my AFL career," Cross said.
"I was really keen to continue on and prove to myself and others that I still can perform at the top level."
"It's one and two, sort of. It's complicated. I'm signed on for next year at this stage and if I can get a couple of things done next year then hopefully I'll be able to play another year after that."
"It's going to be strange for me, I'll admit that, being at the Bulldogs for 13 years and having so many close mates there, but I'm really looking forward to meeting my new teammates."
He is the fourth midfielder signed by the Demons this off-season, after Bernie Vince, Dom Tyson and Viv Michie joined the ranks last week.
Cross has already held discussions with coach Paul Roos about the role he will play in the team.
"Talking to Roosy, definitely the last part of the year I was able to play on outside runners on the wing," Cross said.
"It really gave me the opportunity to show my wares in different positions, not just winning the ball in the midfield. We've definitely spoken about three or four different roles I can play in helping develop the young guys."