West Perth are confident they can secure the prized signature of Mark Seaby after the AFL premiership ruckman was delisted by Sydney yesterday.
Seaby managed just 18 games in three years with the Swans after 102 with West Coast, including the 2006 flag.
He couldn't break into John Longmire's side this season and was one of five players cut, with Jarred Moore and rookies Eugene Kruger, Jack Lynch and Dylan McNeil also shown the door.
West Perth coach Bill Monaghan said Seaby still had plenty of football left in him and the Falcons would welcome the 28-year-old back to Arena Joondalup with open arms if he was not picked up by another AFL club.
Seaby, a product of West Perth's country zone, played 73 games for the Falcons, including the 2003 premiership, before moving to Sydney in 2010.
West Perth officials said initial discussions with Seaby last month were positive and he could fill a mentoring role with the club's developing ruckmen.
"He would bring not only quality in his performance but strong lead-ership as well," Monaghan said.
"We're really committed to trying to get Mark back to West Perth if he doesn't find himself on another AFL list."
Star midfielder Mark Hutchings won his first Breckler Medal as West Perth's best and fairest player last night.
Hutchings, an East Perth product who arrived at West Perth after being dropped from St Kilda's rookie list, has played a key role in the engine room in the past two seasons.
The 21-year-old polled 51 votes in the Sandover Medal but was beaten by Claremont's Kane Mitchell, who polled a record 58 votes.
Hutchings polled 104 votes to win the Breckler Medal from Ray Bartholomew (88) and captain Jason Salecic (82).
Perth midfielder Ross Young has won his third Butcher Medal after another outstanding season with the Demons.Former Fremantle defender Steven Dodd won his first Lynn Medal after a stellar year with East Fremantle.
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