Collingwood’s Brad Dick is likely to join Fremantle as a rookie, with the former Magpies forward meeting Ross Lyon and Dockers officials as soon as this morning.

Dick had been delisted by Collingwood at season’s end, with the expectation that the club would try to select him in the rookie draft if he was still available. But Dick said yesterday he wanted to return to Perth and would seek an opportunity to play there.

The Dockers are understood to be prepared to look at Dick for a rookie position. The light-bodied forward has been cruelled by injury in his short career, having had both shoulders and knees reconstructed.

”Brad has told Collingwood he is keen to return home to Perth and he will probably meet with Fremantle in the next 24 to 48 hours,” his manager, Alex McDonald of Stride, said.

Another departed Pie, All-Australian Leon Davis, reportedly drove to Adelaide yesterday ahead of a meeting with officials from Port Adelaide.

Davis is said to be open to a move to Adelaide, the home-town of his partner, despite having made it clear that he left Collingwood because he wished to return to Perth. West Coast has also been linked with the running defender, as have a string of WAFL clubs.

Meanwhile, Brad Ebert said being dumped from West Coast’s finals side stung, but it wasn’t the reason he quit and joined Port Adelaide.

South Australian-born Ebert said the lure of family in Adelaide was the major factor in leaving the Eagles.

The 21-year-old midfielder played 22 minor-round games and a qualifying final for West Coast last season but was dropped for the Eagles’ semi-final and preliminary final.

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