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Pyke shoots down contract speculation

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Adelaide coach Don Pyke is putting the futures of his two key out-of-contract players on the backburner ahead of the AFL finals – publicly at least.

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Crows defender Jake Lever and forward Mitch McGovern, who both fall off-contract at season’s end, are fielding offers from rival clubs.

But Pyke says he’s tiring of speculation about the talented duo.

“The contract side of things, the last couple of weeks we have sort of moved on,” Pyke told reporters yesterday.

“If we have got something to announce, we will announce it.

“Otherwise our focus is clearly on playing games of footy and winning games of footy in what is a really exciting time of the year for us.”

Lever, 21, is understood to be considering multi-million dollar long-term deals to return to his native Victoria.

And McGovern, 22, is being linked with clubs in his home city of Perth.

“To continue to speculate on it doesn’t help us and doesn’t help the players,” Pyke said.

Wingman/forward Charlie Cameron has also been linked with a move back to his native Brisbane, despite remaining contracted to Adelaide next season.

Adelaide can secure top spot entering the finals by beating West Coast in Perth on Sunday in the last home-and-away round. But the Crows are already assured of a top-two finish and playing their first two finals at home.

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