Lever's feud with teammates takes nasty twist


Adelaide have advised Jake Lever not to attend their best and fairest night, highlighting the ill feeling around his wish for an AFL trade.

Charlie Cameron attended Friday night's count, hours after his manager confirmed he wants a trade to Brisbane.

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Lever apparently wanted to attend, but was told it would not be a good idea.

It continues a bad week for the Crows, who played well below their best in last Saturday's grand final loss to Richmond.

Lever (left) has fallen out with teammates. Image: Getty

Lever confirmed on Tuesday that he wants a trade to Melbourne, following plenty of speculation about his future.

The Crows are fuming, with unconfirmed reports that some teammates wanted him dropped for the finals.

After Lever confirmed his wish for a trade, Adelaide list manager Brett Burton claimed money was a big factor.

Melbourne reportedly have offered him a lucrative four-year deal.

But the Victorian native said he wants the move to be closer to friends and family.

Cameron's manager Colin Young said on Friday that the livewire forward wants a trade to Brisbane for personal reasons.

"There are compassionate reasons why Charlie has asked to go back to Brisbane," Young told AFL Trade Radio.

"It's where he grew up and it's where his family and friends are.

"He feels that there's more to life than playing football."

Cameron during the Grand Final. Image: Getty

While the trade period does not start for three days, there was plenty of activity on Friday.

Tall utility Jackson Trengove joined the Western Bulldogs on the first day of AFL free agency after Port Adelaide opted not to match the Dogs' contract offer.

Trengove was a restricted free agent, meaning Port had three days to match the Bulldogs' offer, but he has left with their blessing.

His move came as no surprise after he found himself out of favour with Port coach Ken Hinkley late in the season.

Also on Friday:

  • Geelong have joined the clubs showing interest in Melbourne key position player Jack Watts, with Patrick Dangerfield saying the former No.1 draft pick has plenty of potential.
  • Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said All-Australian Jake Stringer will not go cheaply, insisting they want a good first-round pick and they are prepared to retain him if the right deal is not struck.
  • Stringer is yet to confirm his preferred club, but Essendon is understood to be the frontrunner.
  • Fremantle delisted ruckmen Jon Griffin and Zac Clarke, while North Melbourne have done the same with midfielder Sam Gibson.