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Players meeting with rival clubs "to be expected", says Crows boss

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Adelaide’s chief executive says he’s unfazed by reports of sought-after defender Jake Lever meeting with rival AFL clubs.

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Lever, who falls off-contract with the Crows at the end of the season, has reportedly met with Melbourne, while Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs are among other bidding clubs.

“I actually expect that players might, from time to time, meet (rivals) and whether Jake has or not is kind of a bit irrelevant,” Fagan told reporters yesterday.

“We always assume that people will go through a really thorough decision making process and engage with their families… and other football clubs.

“That is actually to be expected.”

Lever’s teammate Mitch McGovern is also weighing up his future amid offers from clubs in his home town Perth.

Some newspaper reports have suggested the Crows’ offers to the duo are falling short by as much as $300,000 a season compared to the multi-year deals from rivals.

“What I can assure our supporters is, a lot of what they read and hear is inaccurate in terms of numbers and figures and all the rest of it,” Fagan said.

“But they can rest assured that we are doing everything possible to maintain our list.

“I know it’s tough for the fans and I empathise with them but the club is is doing all that it can, and the players will go through their process.”

Adelaide forward Charlie Cameron has also been linked to a move to Queensland, where his family lives.

“The truth of the matter is it really doesn’t help the situation by providing running commentary on negotiations,” Fagan said.

“And I think people understand that.

“We have made it clear to our fans… we are doing everything possible to ensure that we maintain a competitive and healthy list, not just for this year but into the future.”

-AAP

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