WEST Coast's wide search for a small forward has reached former Cat Jamaine Jones.
The Eagles have already auditioned delisted Blue Jarrod Pickett, ex-Docker Brady Grey and state league footballers Nicolas Reid and Isaya McKenzie as part of the pre-season supplemental selection period (SSP).
AFL.com.au understands Jones will start training there next week, with Grey and Reid also still pushing their case alongside the listed West Coast players.
Pickett is no longer training with the Eagles and is out of the race, while South Australian McKenzie's hopes ended when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear in January.
Jones managed seven games across three seasons for Geelong before being cut in September but attracted some interest from North Melbourne and Carlton.
That interest didn't translate to an AFL lifeline for the 21-year-old, who had committed to play for the Western Bulldogs' VFL affiliate Footscray this season.
Jones had also nominated Geelong Football League club Lara for when he wasn't playing for the VFL Bulldogs.
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However, he now has another opportunity to revive his AFL career if he can impress before the SSP deadline closes next month.
Jones' VFL form was good last season – he averaged almost a goal and five tackles – but he was starved of senior opportunities behind Gary Ablett, Luke Dahlhaus, Gary Rohan and Tom Atkins.
West Coast is one of seven clubs with a current list opening, including Adelaide, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Greater Western Sydney and Hawthorn.
James Mathews has trained with the Crows for most of the pre-season, while ex-Tiger Callum Moore, teenager Ryan Sturgess and former Bulldog Lukas Webb are fighting it out for the Blues' vacancy.
Collingwood is set to extend defender Lynden Dunn's career into a 16th season as he continues his recovery from a second ACL rupture in March last year.
There are also three players training at Essendon – Nigel Lockyer, Nathan Ireland and Brynn Teakle – but injury-prone forward Darren Minchington is the sole unlisted footballer with Hawthorn.
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Western Jet Darcy Cassar was training with the Hawks in the hope of winning that list spot but is now back with Box Hill.
Clubs have until March 13 to finalise their SSP signings but can opt to leave a spot open for the NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft, which will likely be held after round 11.