Melbourne officials have today spoken with AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan over rescinding their off season recruitment of Jake Lever, after realising that they actually wanted to recruit Adelaide Crows defender Jake Kelly.
The Journal can reveal that Melbourne Coach Simon Goodwin initially raised the issue with the Club’s Board of Directors on Friday morning after Lever was unable to emulate Kelly’s trademark defensive prowess at a preseason intraclub match.
“I had an inkling something wasn’t right ever since Roo (Adelaide Board Member Mark Ricciuto) rang me the morning of the trade and started cackling maniacally” Goodwin said.
“Jake has trained well, but we wanted to see a little more from him considering we gave up two first round draft picks. It wasn’t until Friday morning when he couldn’t consistently take marks running full flight into a pack that we realised we’d traded for the wrong Jake.”
“The Jake we wanted certainly wouldn’t have gone crying to the AFLPA over a preseason camp.”
The Journal understands that the AFL would allow the trade to be rescinded if both parties were agreeable, however Adelaide CEO Andrew Fagan seems content with the deal.
“Two first round picks for a bloke who is a poor man’s Tom Doedee? I told Justin Reid to start the car.”
More to come.
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