South Fremantle have won the race to sign former Adelaide and Melbourne key-position player James Sellar.
The Bulldogs, Perth and East Fremantle had courted Sellar, who had also attracted interest from SANFL and VFL clubs.
Sellar, from Glenelg, played 44 AFL games in six seasons, the past two at Melbourne.
South Fremantle football manager Garry Davidson said Sellar would be an asset at WAFL level.
"James has still got an ambition to play high-quality footy, is a good character and, given the demographic of our group, will fit nicely as a 24-year-old," Davidson said.
"I think he will bring some leadership qualities to the group.
"Given he is recently out of the AFL, he will still have good training habits, will still prepare well and that will be a good example for our kids."
Former Swan Districts key- position player Josh Pullman has also been recruited by the Bulldogs after three seasons with NEAFL team Redlands.
De-listed Fremantle squad member Haiden Schloithe has signed with the Bulldogs for another season and Steven Verrier has returned after two years with Richmond.
Subiaco have recruited VFL players Lachlan Delahunty (Frankston) and Matthew Boland (Collingwood). Mobile key forward Delahunty was picked in the 2012 VFL Team of the Year.
Perth hope de-listed West Coast and Melbourne utility player Cale Morton will join brothers Jarryd and Mitch at the club.
Meanwhile, new Swan Districts president Peter Hodyl believes the club can overcome the loss of key personnel on and off the field to be a finals contender again next year.
Hodyl, premiership captain of the black and whites in 1990, replaced David Parkinson, who resigned last month.
"I took on more of a hands-on role at the footy club this year just because basically you love it and you want to do what you can to help when you can," Hodyl said.
"I will basically try and keep a bit of stability at the footy club."
Andy Holmes, another member of the 1990 premiership side, replaced Hodyl as vice-president.