PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 05: Andrew Gaff of the Eagles passes the ball during the round 20 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium on August 5, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The Swans have emerged as a new contender for out-of-contract Eagle Andrew Gaff, according to The Daily Telegraph’s Neil Cordy.

The star midfielder was thought to be mulling between staying at West Coast, or signing a lucrative deal with North Melbourne upwards of $1 million to return to Victoria.

But Cordy believes the impending departures of Dan Hannebery and Gary Rohan, coupled with Kurt Tippett’s retirement will free up enough salary for the Swans to make a massive play for the 26-year old.

“I can see the Swans making a play for a significant free agent in the trade period,” Cordy told Macquarie Sports Radio.

“(Gaff) would be exactly what the Swans need.

“Since Hawthorn flogged them in the 2014 Grand Final, where they really exposed them for speed and skill, the Swans have been doing everything they can to rectify that situation. But they still need more.

“Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker have been absolute soldiers, but they’re starting to feel the strain just as Dan Hannebery did by carrying all that heavy lifting.

“A player like Andrew Gaff would be perfect.”

Eagles coach Adam Simpson revealed to Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight that there has been no progression with Gaff’s contract, who has had a six-year deal tabled to him for the majority of the season.