New East Fremantle coach Steve Malaxos will attempt to lure retired Docker Paul Hasleby back to the club as he looks to build on a fourth-place finish this year.
But the Sharks face competition for Hasleby from port rivals South Fremantle, who have spoken to the 29-year-old about a coaching job next season.
Malaxos, who was officially appointed as Brisbane-bound Shane Woewodin's successor this week, will offer Hasleby a playing and coaching role.
Recruited from East Fremantle's Mid-West country zone, Hasleby played 18 games with the club in 1999 before being drafted by Fremantle. He played 208 games for them before retiring last month.
"We'll be trying to make Paul feel as though East Fremantle's a place for him to be over the next couple of years . . . as both (player and coach) hopefully," Malaxos said.
Malaxos will aim to develop East Fremantle's country zone and local juniors, but admitted he would need some experienced recruits.
The majority of this year's premiership winning colts team would be at the club next season, with several likely to push for league selection.
A former assistant coach at Sydney and Fremantle, Malaxos said he had no desire to move back to the AFL.
"I've told the club that I'll be happy to coach East Fremantle for as long as they want me," Malaxos said.