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Trade deal struck for Jake Lever

 Jake Lever - Adelaide Crows
Jake Lever

Adelaide will receive two first-round draft picks in exchange for defender Jake Lever after a trade deal was struck with Melbourne on Thursday morning at Etihad Stadium.

The Crows have acquired Melbourne’s 2017 first-round draft pick (currently pick No.10), a future first-round pick and a future fourth-round pick.

In exchange Adelaide will send Jake Lever, a second-round pick (currently pick No.35) and a future third-round selection.

Crows General Manager List Management and Strategy Justin Reid said he was pleased with the outcome of the trade.

“As soon as Jake requested a trade we were always looking to achieve the best possible deal and by bringing in two first-round picks we’ve got our desired result,” Reid said.

“First-round selections are highly sought after so to receive two as part of this trade is a great outcome for us.

“We initially selected Jake with pick No. 14 in the 2014 National Draft and to receive this year’s pick No.10 as well as a future first-round pick is a credit to the development program at our Club.”

Reid thanked Melbourne Football Club for their handling of the situation and wished Jake Lever the best for the future.

“Negotiations of this nature can take time but we feel this is a fair deal for all concerned and appreciate Melbourne’s cooperation.”

“We wish Jake all the best for the rest of his career and thank him for his contribution over the past three years.”

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