Fremantle’s search for Ross Lyon’s right-hand man will almost certainly zero in on Collingwood defensive specialist Scott Watters.

The Dockers’ cashed-up coaching raid is not yet complete with club officials still in the hunt for a chief assistant to support Lyon.

Watters, who is out of contract at Collingwood after two years as its defensive coach, is known to be high on the Dockers’ hit-list.

His management, Corporate Sports Australia, has already been sounded out about the prospect of a shift back home to Western Australia.

Collingwood coach-in-waiting Nathan Buckley would want to lock in Watters, 42, most likely as midfield coach to replace new Melbourne boss Mark Neeld, as part of his regime next season.

Watters’ work overseeing Collingwood’s defensive strategies, most recently in the absence of some of its key backmen, has won high acclaim within the club.

Remarkably, the inaugural Dockers’ vice-captain is on track to participate in his sixth-straight grand final if the Pies progress through to this year’s decider.

He guided WAFL club Subiaco to two flags among three grand finals (2007-09) followed by success in the Pies’ premiership last season.

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