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Eskimo Joe join Dockers song battle
The West Australian Eskimo Joe join Dockers song battle

Fremantle's No.1 ticket holders Eskimo Joe are working on an alternative to the club's oft-maligned theme song.

The East Fremantle rock group's manager Catherine Haridy last night confirmed the three-piece band, who are performing at Saturday's AFL grand final in Melbourne, were going to record their attempt at a new club song.

Eskimo Joe drummer Joel Quartermain said the group had been working on a song for some time.

"The current one is a shocker, so hopefully you will hear our new one in the next few months," Quartermain told Melbourne radio SEN.

A Dockers spokesman said the club was in the process of finalising a short list of songs, with the selection to be presented to members on October 24 along with their voting options.

The public is expected to be able to listen to each song via the club's website.

A referendum will then be held in November, with an updated version of the contentious Freo, Heave Ho to be among the alternatives.

The existing anthem has been with the club since its inception in 1995, having been written by Ken Walther based on the traditional Russian folk tune The Song of the Volga Boatmen.

Fremantle flagged in October last year they would discuss a song change with their membership in the wake of board approval to overhaul their brand courtesy of a new jumper and logo.

The removal of the anchor along with the green and red patches from the front of the old jumper in favour of this year's purple and white V design outraged some Dockers members.

Details of Eskimo Joe's contribution to the song debate remain under wraps.

There would be some irony if the band's creation is selected as a replacement, with the musicians' hit single From The Sea having been widely used in marketing by West Coast in past seasons.

The Dockers are, meanwhile, not expected to pursue out of contract St Kilda pair Farren Ray and Zac Dawson despite reports yesterday linking them to the club.

Ray, 25, originally drafted by the Western Bulldogs from Peel, has been a successful trade for the Saints under now Dockers coach Ross Lyon, missing just two matches in the past three seasons.

Dawson, 25, proved himself as a finals performer in defence under Lyon after leaving the Hawks.

Both have been told they are required players by the Saints.

Fremantle's priority is understood to be snaring Brisbane big man Mitch Clark.