Fremantle have begun circling out-of-contract Essendon forward Scott Gumbleton as they look to bolster their key-position stocks for next season.
Gumbleton has been offered a one-year deal by the Bombers, but is considering his options.
He is currently in Perth and has met Fremantle staff to undergo a medical screening.
The 24-year-old has been plagued by injuries since being selected with the second pick in the 2006 national draft.
Hamstring and back problems have restricted him to just 28 matches, including six this year.
A superb overhead marking player, Gumbleton forged a great reputation while playing for Peel as a teenager.
Fremantle's football operations general manager Chris Bond said the club was interested in Gumbleton, but wanted to find a new home for Dylan Roberton before pursuing other deals.
Roberton, 21, has asked to be traded home to Victoria for family reasons and Bond said that would delay any other negotiations. He said the Dockers were yet to even discuss Gumbleton's future with Essendon.
But Bond said the club was determined to add key forwards to its list before next season.
"It's been at the forefront of our minds for a couple of years now, especially with where we knew Pav (Matthew Pavlich) is going to play in the last couple of years of his career," Bond said.
"We have got Zac Clarke there that we feel is going to be a terrific player for us, Kepler Bradley plays a real competitive brand of footy when he plays and towards the end of the year Jon Griffin went forward and kicked a couple of goals for us as well.
"But there's no doubt at all that from a part of our succession planning, we do need to either draft some players in that are going to fill that role or recruit players.
"You speak to a lot of people and it's all very positive about Scott. He's a great person, a great trainer, he works really well, but at the end of the day we've still got to work through the other components of that and get some details.
"It's not one that we'll be able to move on, if at all, quickly."
Bond said Fremantle had spoken to the manager of North Melbourne forward Lachie Hansen, but he wasn't a priority.
Adam McPhee is out of contract, but Bond said he was expected to be at the club next year. John Anthony's contract doesn't expire until the end of 2013 but has been given time to consider his future.