Adelaide Crows Should Have Left Jake Lever Out Of GF Side

Oct 4, 2017

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Graham Cornes says the Crows -- who knew two weeks ago that Jake Lever was on his way out -- should not have played the defender in the AFL grand final.

“What have we gained by playing him? We just made ourselves look stupid again,” Cornesy told FIVEaa on Tuesday.

“At some stage your club has to stand for something. A club has to say, look, we’re not here for your convenience. We’re not here for you to enhance and inflate your reputation and your salary -- we are trying to forge a club that’s built on spirit and loyalty.

“You’d put it to the players. You wouldn’t make a decision like this without consulting your leadership group…

“He played one really good finals game. I don’t think we saw the best of Jake Lever in the finals.

“It might sound emotional, but what has the club gained by allowing him to use the club as a vehicle to further himself?

“I understand if people say it’s irrational, but you have to look at it.”

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