Ruckman Mark Seaby's mobility and involvement in two AFL premiership campaigns made him a key target for WAFL premiers Claremont as they stock up on talent before losing up to 10 players to the 2014 AFL club alignments.
And living and working near Claremont Oval made playing for the Tigers a more attractive option for the 28-year-old Seaby than returning to his original club West Perth.
In one of the biggest recruiting coups in several seasons, Claremont strengthened their bid to win a hat-trick of flags by convincing the former Sydney and West Coast big man to join them for the next two years.
Claremont trumped offers from the Falcons, Subiaco and Swan Districts.
"He said he was a 90 per cent chance to return to West Perth but in the end, living and working near Claremont was the critical factor," Claremont football manager Dean Horsington said.
Claremont's most aggressive recruiting drive in many seasons follows the loss of Tom Lee to St Kilda and the likely drafting of Sandover medallist Kane Mitchell, while a series of current and former AFL-listed players will not be available next year.
The Eagles traded Lewis Stevenson to Port Adelaide, Tom Swift and Adam McPhee have retired and Gerrick Weedon will return to Broome after being de-listed by West Coast.
Seaby, a member of the Eagles side that won the 2006 premiership, played 102 matches for West Coast before moving to Sydney in 2010 where fitness and form limited him to 18 appearances.
He was a back-up to Shane Mumford and Mike Pyke in this year's flag-winning season.
Claremont are set to lose ruckman Andrew Ruck, who has spoken to every other WAFL club after playing just 10 games in two injury-plagued seasons, while Alistair Gillespie is seeking a clearance to South Fremantle.
Mitch Andrews, recruited last year when Ruck ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament, will attempt to add a third premiership with the Tigers after playing 28 matches in two seasons.
East Fremantle have appointed Darryn Fry as their football operations manager.