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Danyle Pearce will join Fremantle on a four-year deal believed to be worth $1.5 million as the Dockers' move to bolster their pace and midfield stocks paid off yesterday.

With Pearce secured, the Dockers will continue to monitor tall forwards under trade and free agency arrangements in the coming weeks, but are not actively pursuing Adelaide's Kurt Tippett or disgruntled Collingwood forward Chris Dawes.

The departure of Pearce, a 26-year-old, 154-game player with Port who played in their last grand final, in 2007, continued a year of haemorrhaging for the Power, who have shed coach Matthew Primus and missed out on preferred replacement Leon Cameron yesterday.

Cameron is expected to be appointed to Greater Western Sydney's coaching panel today and is expected to succeed Kevin Sheedy at the helm, possibly as early as 2014.

Dockers football manager Chris Bond said Pearce strengthened the team in all areas of the ground.

"His assets are certainly his pace and his ball-winning ability but at the end of the day he is a 26-year-old player that has played 150 games of football so he fits into our list management model and the age and games we think we need to improve," Bond said.

"We are getting a quality player in and through our discussions with him, he is obviously a quality person as well."

Port Adelaide football manager Peter Rohde said the Power considered revising their three-year offer to Pearce but decided not to.

Bond said Fremantle would continue to look for free agents.

"We have worked really hard this year on a number of things with regards to free agency," Bond said.

"We have spoken to a number of managers about players that fall into that category.

"I think this was a really important step for the club and the coaches to be able to secure Danyle."

Bond said the Dockers retained an open mind as to whether the club's power forward successor to Matthew Pavlich should come through free agency or the draft.

"There is no secret with our list management model and the age of our players - where there needs to be some succession planning," Bond said.

The West Australian

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