Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has thrown his support behind senior assistant Peter Sumich to be West Coast's new mentor.
Sumich is believed to be at the head of the queue to replace club legend John Worsfold, with highly-rated Hawthorn assistant Adam Simpson also in the running.
Lyon told 6PR last night he was hoping his assistant of the past two seasons would get the job.
"We have got Peter Sumich actively involved in the possibility of coaching West Coast, which would be fantastic if he got that," Lyon said.
"Once he (John Worsfold) went we thought, and the better we went, it was always going to be good for Peter."
Lyon said he had spoken to Sumich yesterday and was very supportive of the move.
Sumich spent a decade under Worsfold before moving to the Dockers ahead of the 2012 season.
"I think he's really ready," Lyon said. "He has done his apprenticeship, he is a club legend and I think from my end it has all come together nicely for him.
"It is a disappointment for us because we will lose him and we really value him and he has been significant for me.
"But we are just starting to throw around names now, who's going to replace that role.
"It is important we get the right person but at this point I don't know who that would be."
Meanwhile, Brisbane defender Elliot Yeo appears destined for the Eagles next season after holding talks with the club.
Yeo's manager Colin Young told the AFL website he expected West Coast to contact the Lions to discuss a potential trade allowing the 20-year-old West Australian to return home.
Sydney big man Jesse White met Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley on Monday and is expected to be at the Magpies in 2014, spurning a potential offer from the Dockers, who are still keen to secure a mature key forward.
Essendon's Scott Gumbleton remains a possible target for Fremantle after the West Australian signed a one-year deal with the Bombers last season.
Heath Shaw is now "more likely" to leave Collingwood than stay, according to his manager Ben Niall.Niall said yesterday that the 27-year-old was open to all opportunities, including non-Victorian clubs, and could play for another five seasons.