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THE DEAL to make Fremantle youngster Harley Balic a Melbourne player should happen within the next day, his manager Matt Bain says.
A swap will be done for a later pick, with the Demons waiting to see how Jack Watts' likely departure will fall.
Watts has not publically nominated his club of choice but is expected to declare an interest in Port Adelaide.
Bain told NAB AFL Trade Radio on Tuesday the move for 20-year-old Balic should be relatively simple.
"That will be done in the next 12-24 hours, hopefully," Bain said.
"I think they're just waiting to see what happens with Jack Watts in the sense of what picks they might have available to pass on to Fremantle, but I don't think there's going to be too many hurdles."
Balic was drafted at No.38 in 2015 and can play across half-forward or in the midfield.
He lined up in his four career matches in the season's opening months but was twice granted a leave of absence for personal reasons.
Meanwhile, the significance of a recent meeting between Demons key forward Jesse Hogan and Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe was completely overblown, according to Bain.
"I was actually over there with Jason Dover, who we work pretty closely with in WA," Bains said.
"We had a long lunch with Jesse. I had a fair bit to do with Nat Fyfe the week before Grand Final week.
"We had lunch with Jesse and then organised a catch-up with Nat for dinner. The meetings crossed over for about 25-30 minutes, we had a pot between us all and then Jesse went off and we had dinner with Fyfey."
Hogan is contracted until the end of 2019.
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