TL;DR news on Harley Balic at February 19, 2023
In 2016, Balic was part of the winning premiership team for Peel Thunder. Balic was traded from Fremantle to Melbourne in 2017 after announcing he felt "homesick", and throughout this time had been an advocate who was open about the mental health struggles he experienced. "I'll always love you little brother." AFL's chief photographer Michael Willson also paid tribute to Balic, posting a pensive and powerful photo he had taken of him with the caption 'RIP Harley Basic'. Former Fremantle midfielder Harley Balic has died just days after turning 25, becoming the third former Docker to pass away in the past four years. A homesick Balic was traded to Melbourne at the end of that season, but he failed to play a game for the Demons and announced his retirement in August, 2018.