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Lever has ‘already left an imprint’ on Melbourne – McDonald

Tom McDonald has revealed the positive impact being made by Jake Lever since his arrival at the Melbourne Football Club.

21-year-old defender Lever completed his much talked about move from Adelaide to the Demons during the October trade period and has been busy acquainting himself with his new teammates early in pre-season training.

Speaking on Sportsday, McDonald produced only words of praise for Lever who comes to the club held in high regard after playing 56 games for the Crows.

“Jake’s had a really good impression so far,” said McDonald.

“His first week was in rehab so I got to spend a bit of time with him. He seems like a really strong trainer.

“He uses his voice quite well and he’s stepped right in.

“Sometimes (new) guys hold back and wait until they’re instructed to do something but he’s already left an imprint on the group.”

McDonald also gave some insight into another Demons new boy in Charlie Spargo who was selected with Pick 29 in the 2017 National Draft.

McDonald added: “Charlie’s a nippy little small forward.

“He’s had a shoulder reconstruction which I had last year.

“It’s tough to rehab from but he’s going really well. He had the surgery mid-season so he’s doing quite a bit.

“He’s showing good signs. He’s a beautiful, weighted kick of the footy which is always nice for a small forward so hopefully he can snag a few goals.

“He seems like a diligent, hard-working young fella and that’s what you look for in those (young) guys.”

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