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Sharks circling for Peake to return
Brett Peake. Picture: Slattery Media Group.

East Fremantle are confident they can lure Brett Peake back to the club next season, with the speedy wingman set to part ways with St Kilda.

Peake has spent the majority of the season in the St Kilda reserves and was at East Fremantle Oval last Sunday to watch his old club score a crucial win over West Perth.

East Fremantle coach Steve Malaxos said Peake, 29, would be a valuable addition should he opt to return to the club where he played 58 WAFL matches.

The Sharks understand there are rival clubs keen to secure the 118-game AFL veteran but are bullish about their chances of snaring the Willetton product.

"Both parties are aware of what's going to happen and he's looking at continuing his footy," Malaxos said.

"We're just one of the teams interested and under the points system, he's a one-point player for us.

"His father (Brian) was one of the greatest, if not the greatest, who played at the club and his father- in-law is (former Shark) Tony Buhagiar, so there's a lot of reasons for us to be interested."

Peake played 75 games for Fremantle before being traded to St Kilda in 2010.

He played nearly every game that year, including the drawn grand final and replay, and backed it up with a solid second season with the Saints.

But he has been out of favour this year under former Subiaco coach Scott Watters, playing just one senior game.

Malaxos said Peake's ability to run and carry through the middle of the ground was a key on-field attraction for the Sharks.

"He's played a full year with no injuries and he seems pretty keen," Malaxos said.

"He's played in a couple of AFL grand finals and he's a pretty experienced player now. It would be pretty bizarre if we weren't interested in getting him back here."

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