Brownlow medallist Shane Woewodin has entered the frame to coach Perth next year after Demons officials identified the current Brisbane assistant as an ideal candidate to drag the club from the doldrums.
Woewodin, who played 200 AFL matches and won the 2000 Brownlow, has been an assistant at the Lions for the past four seasons.
He coached East Fremantle for three years before that and was the first coach in eight seasons to take the Sharks into finals when they came fourth in 2010.
Perth's search for a new coach has been chaotic with Todd Curley first accepting, then rejecting the club's offer last month, while it has been readvertised after a series of candidates withdrew their applications.
Hawthorn premiership player Brent Guerra applied last month but then withdrew to remain in Melbourne while Adam Pickering, who coached Perth's reserves last year before taking on the same role at East Perth this season, also pulled out.
Perth sacked Damien McMahon in June then lost their last eight matches.
Defenders Jared Risol and Nick Kane retired at the weekend while former AFL players Brennan Stack and Matt Moody finished the season in the reserves.
Meanwhile, South Fremantle intend to make contact with Clint Jones, their 2005 premiership player who was de-listed by St Kilda at the weekend.
Veterans Craig White and Paul Mugambwa intend to play on next year.