Jake Lever’s manager Ned Guy revealed on NAB Trade Radio that Lever has had his mind made up on leaving Adelaide for some time.
The out of contract 21-year-old announced yesterday he wished to be traded to the Demons.
“He’s actually had a bit of clarity for a little while now so it’s been hard for him to handle over the back half of the season,” Guy said on NAB AFL Trade Radio.
“Jake’s desire is to play for the Melbourne Football Club.”
Guy also confirmed Adelaide’s initial offer to Lever helped create the opportunity for other clubs to get his attention.
“Suffice to say (the initial offer) wasn’t something that got it quite done,” Guy said.
“It’s fair to say that it left the door ajar and that allows other clubs to start having conversations with me.”
Adelaide Head of Football Brett Burton said yesterday that Lever’s decision to move was entirely financially motivated, but Guy has denied that.
“The finance side is one of many facets that we’ve put together that ended up coming up with the decision but it wasn’t the sole factor,” Guy said.
“I’d like to think we can sit down and work out a win-win situation here.”
Guy also didn’t rule out the possibility of Lever going to the pre-season draft if a trade can’t be worked out.
“I guess we need to assess all options, but reality is if we can’t get to a point where we agree on a fair trade, that has to be one of the options,” Guy said.
He also confirmed Melbourne has offered Lever a four year deal.
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