West Coast are expected to step up their involvement in next month's trade period, with new football operations manager Craig Vozzo heading to Melbourne yesterday to sound out a number of targets.
The Eagles will hold two picks in the top 30 at the November 21 national draft and already have five positions to fill on their senior list following the AFL retirements of Andrew Embley, Mark Nicoski, Adam Selwood, Ashton Hams and Brad Dick.
Midfielder Daniel Kerr is also expected to retire.
Rookies Jeremy McGovern, Callum Sinclair and Jamie Bennell are in line to be upgraded, leaving the club three senior spots to play with.
Former list manager Vozzo, who replaced an ill Neale Daniher as football manager this week, is understood to be targeting players to fit specific roles, including at least one experienced midfielder.
One player being linked to the Eagles is out-of-contract Brisbane defender Elliot Yeo, who is understood to be unhappy with the fragile Lions environment.
The athletic 189cm running defender is one of a number of Lions believed to seeking a change of scenery.
Back-up utility player Patrick Karnezis and 2010 No.5 draft pick Jared Polec have requested to be traded home to Melbourne and Adelaide respectively, while Sam Docherty and Billy Longer remain unsigned.
East Fremantle product Yeo, 19, is on a holiday in WA and has four clubs, including Collingwood, interested in his services.
Meanwhile, West Coast will next week start an official interview process to find John Worsfold's replacement.
A coaching subcommittee will be headed by club chairman Alan Cransberg, with the initial groundwork and interviewing to be done by chief executive Trevor Nisbett and Vozzo.
Two directors from the club's football affairs committee are expected to play a leading role in the process. Experienced and first-time senior coaches will be considered.An appointment is expected by the middle of next month.