UPDATE: West Coast are one step closer to filling their coaching vacancies for 2014 after former player Jaymie Graham was yesterday appointed to a development role.
Graham joins the Eagles after working as a development coach under Scott Watters at St Kilda for two years.
He is the third new coach to join the club this off-season after Adam Simpson was announced head coach earlier this month and retired premiership player Adam Selwood opted to stay at the club, also as a development coach.
There are still two assistant coach positions to be filled, with the club also chasing a senior assistant to work alongside Simpson.
Brett Ratten, Dean Laidley and Mark Harvey are expected to be sounded out for the role, while former Essendon assistant coach and Fremantle development coach Ashley Prescott has also been linked to the Eagles.
Graham had already planned on moving his young family back to WA next year and the timing of the job opportunity was ideal.
“The family and I are very excited obviously to come home and then to land a role at West Coast is great,” he said.
“West Coast are a great organisation so it’s going to be an exciting place to be, obviously with plenty of changes happening.
“It’s been great to put yourself out of your comfort zone and move interstate with the family, experience footy in Melbourne and I think I can really add some value to the development program.
“I’ve only heard good things about (Simpson) and it will be exciting to be part of something new.”
Graham played 37 games in four seasons at the Eagles before retiring in 2008.
He continued to play for South Fremantle before a horrific knee injury forced him to give the game away in 2011 at just 28 years old.
The Goldfields product is best remembered for his 2006 season at West Coast when he played all 24 games up to the grand final but was dropped for the decider, which West Coast won.
His attitude at that time was lauded and Eagles football manager Craig Vozzo said nothing had changed.
“Jaymie has always been very well respected in football circles, and he has continued this reputation in his two years at St Kilda. He is always spoken of very highly,” Vozzo said.
“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Jaymie’s character to the club in a development role, working with our younger players and managing their skills and career progression.
“He’s had some valuable experience at St Kilda and this is a great appointment for us.”
West Coast are still hopeful of securing a trade for homesick Brisbane defender Elliot Yeo, but may be forced to give up a second-round pick after Fremantle entered the market for the former East Fremantle junior this week.
The Eagles initially offered their third-round pick, currently No.40, but the Dockers may be able to trump them with their second-round pick, No.33.West Australian Josh Bootsma has also come on to the radar of both WA clubs after being floated as a trade option by Carlton.