Eh they are adults, Freo aren't exactly going to say nah don't live with him he is a bad influence on one of their own players are they?
Or maybe he actually just doesn't want to play football?
I've never met Harley in person - but going off the Melbourne intro video - he seems a very lost young man.
Hope he makes it at Melbourne, but can't see him surviving in the AFL system for long - Melbourne have just turned the corner with respect to standards.
He’s a kid straight out of high school moving across the other side of the country. Surely it’s the clubs responsibility to create a safe environment to guide a player in the correct way to behave and prepare by putting them with good role models.
They stick them with host families at first then after that its their decision. The idea is to educate them to make good decisions rather then force them to. And again do you really think Freo are just going to throw their own player under the bus like that and say Balic you can't live with Bennell he is a bad influence. How do you think that would make Bennell feel?
What impression would Balic get from a club that doesn't trust its own players?
Bennell is still pretty young and has made mistakes. But he isn't a bad person, dude just likes to party.