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Zac Beeck
Zac Beeck

Lively ruckman Zac Beeck could resurrect his career at Claremont as the Tigers seek to overcome their poor recent form.

As Beeck said he was weighing up whether to continue a career that has comprised 93 senior matches for East Perth, Peel, West Coast and the State, at least three WAFL clubs are considering making a bid for the influential big man.

Claremont, who have also just recruited former West Perth ruckman Mitch Andrews, and Perth have spoken to Beeck while Swans are understood to be interested in gaining a back-up for No.1 big man Llane Spaanderman.

Beeck was released by East Perth last week when the club said it was unacceptable for him to continue to miss training after recently starting a new job.

He would not rule out moving to a third WAFL club but recognised that the same work commitments that were a problem at East Perth could prevent him being able to resume his career elsewhere.

"I would like to play but football is not a long-term thing and I am getting on," Beeck, 28, said.

"You get to a point in your life that you have to start thinking about your career and this has all come to a head now. I am not going to do something if I can't commit to it and I don't want to be in a position where I let the team or the coaches down."

Beeck would have missed at least the next game with a niggling knee injury but expected to be fit to play the second half of the season. The clearance deadline is June 30.

Despite recruiting Andrews to replace Andrew Ruck who suffered a season-ending knee injury, Claremont will consider the additional value of a ruckman who has been one of the WAFL's most influential big men in recent seasons.

"We are at step one of a 10-step process," Claremont football manager Dean Horsington said. "We have met Zac to see if he would be the right fit for the club.

"We thought if someone like Zac was available we should have a chat to him but we understand he has work commitments.

"We recently got Mitch Andrews so we have to weigh that up as well.

"I know that several clubs have spoken to Zac which is understandable given that one of the better ruckmen in the competition has just become available."

Perth football manager Darren Solomon spoke to Beeck last week.

Beeck said he had not spoken with Swans but had fielded several offers from country clubs.

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