Adam Selwood's eligibility to play for East Perth next season is in dispute but could be decided this month when the WA Football Commission finalises the AFL partnership rules.
The retired West Coast premiership player will see out the WAFL season for the Royals before deciding whether he wants to play on next season.
But Selwood may not be allowed to play for East Perth in 2014 under the provisions of the alignment agreements between the two local AFL clubs and their WAFL teams.
The WAFL clubs believe the rules given to them in January confirm that East Perth and Peel are not allowed to recruit from outside their districts in the first year of the full alignment.
"The rules are crystal clear," a club official said. "Selwood is not allowed to play for East Perth next year.
"There is no exception to the rule that states that East Perth and Peel may not recruit outside their district."
Selwood will be designated as an interstate player once he is de-listed by West Coast.
Selwood, Andrew Embley, Mark Nicoski, Ashton Hams and Brad Dick have all retired from the AFL, while Daniel Kerr is poised to follow. All but Embley and Nicoski may play in the WAFL next season.
Selwood was allocated to East Perth after he was drafted in 2002 and has played 35 matches over the past 11 seasons, including six this year.
East Perth chief executive Dean Turner hoped Selwood would continue to play and claimed that his club's agreement with the WAFC had a provision that could keep the midfielder at the club.
"There is a clause in our agreement to allow a de-listed 10-year player to remain at the club," Turner said."It is not guaranteed but should Adam want to keep playing he would be a highly valuable addition to the WAFL."