Former Brisbane Lion and recently delisted West Coast midfielder Tom Joyce has ventured back to the WAFL with East Fremantle after his one-season stint with the Eagles.

Joyce joined Adam Simpson's brigade earlier this year as a Supplemental Selection Period recruit during their pre-season planning - just months after his axing from the Lions after no AFL appearances in three seasons.

The 22-year-old joined East Fremantle after moving back to Western Australia before he was offered a chance to train with West Coast, where he would subsequently earn a spot on an AFL list for the second time.

Injury would plague his second chance in the top flight however, with Joyce having his 2022 campaign drawn to a close in July after battling an ankle injury that was sustained shortly after officially joining the club.

Now having left the Eagles, Joyce has returned to the Sharks for the 2023 season along with fellow SSP West Coast recruit Hugh Dixon.

East Fremantle welcomed Joyce back to the club on Tuesday, with the WA native set to add to the side's midfield stocks.

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"Tom trained with us pre-Xmas last year and had really set himself up for a big season, so to see it ruined by injury was frustrating for all of us," Sharks football boss Brad Dodd said in a club statement.

"We think he'll add to our midfield group and work well with the talent we have running through there. I think we all just want to see Tom have an extended run at it and enjoy his football."

Joyce will officially begin his tenure with East Fremantle later this month as they begin planning for next year, hoping to improve on their preliminary final exit from this season.

"It's been a frustrating year, so I'm really looking forward to getting back and playing football again," Joyce said.

"I watched a few East Fremantle games this year and the boys played an exciting brand of football, tough and polished, and I look forward to contributing.

"I always look to play to my strengths and believe my hands and contested work well with the current group. I'm looking forward to restarting and getting to work."