The Crows are still seething from Lever’s decision to request a trade to the Demons after their grand final defeat, culminating in his no-show at the club’s official awards night at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday.
The Crows are reportedly digging in and playing hardball in their trade negotiations with the Demons. The Demons in return have reportedly been filthy about the Crows’ refusal to entertain their reported offer of a first and a second round draft pick in exchange for the star defender.
It seemed unlikely the situation could deteriorate any further.
Lever was sensationally left out of the top 10 players in the Crows’ best and fairest — likely costing him a handy payday on the way out.
Lever did not feature among the club’s top players as midfield gun Matt Crouch took out the Malcolm Blight Medal as the Crows’ club champion of 2017.
Lever’s failure to crack into the top 10, comes after Crows’ football chief Brett Burton declared on radio that the 21-year-old was demanding a contract that would make him the highest paid player at the Crows.
According to reports, Lever has agreed to a four-year deal with the Demons worth between $750,000 per season and $850,000 per season.
Lever emerged as one of the best defenders in the game in 2017 and one of the most important players to the Crows’ set-up.
His failure to crack the top 10 in the best and fairest has certainly raised eyebrows.
His no-show in the Malcolm Blight medal vote count is particularly significant if Lever’s contract with the Crows includes a standard performance bonus clauses.
It is standard practice in the AFL for clubs to incentivise player contracts by inserting performance clauses tied to the best-and-fairest and other awards.
A finish in the top 10 normally guarantees a bonus payment.
Under this system, Lever has been dudded.
The out of favour star’s plight was highlighted by Brownlow medal champion Adam Cooney, who suggested Lever’s failure to crack the top 10 may not have been a coincidence.
— Adam Cooney (@Adamcooney17) 6 octobre 2017
So we have Ablett winning Suns’ B&F after playing half a season yet Lever can’t break into Crows’ top 10 with 20 games. Nothing to see here. https://t.co/7v8u2tlRwh
— Adam Hill (@adamhillmedia) 6 octobre 2017
Jake Lever didn’t finish in the top 10 in the Crows B&F?
— Sam McClure (@sam_mcclure) 6 octobre 2017
Lever only played 17 home and away games. Great conspiracy theory to say the Crows dudded him but it explains him not finishing top 10 b & f
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) 6 octobre 2017
Jake Lever not in the Crows top 10 for BnF. You’d think that justifies the decision to not make him highest paid player at the club.
— Theo Doropoulos (@TheoDrop) 6 octobre 2017
I feel for Jake Lever, I once didn’t get invited to my best friends 5th birthday party because I wouldnt share my trucks with him #childish
— Tim Ludeman (@tludey) 6 octobre 2017
Would the Crows have uninvited Jake Lever from the best & fairest if they’d won (the flag) last Saturday?
— Jake Niall (@JakeNiallFOX) 6 octobre 2017