JAKE Lever has secured his future in the red and blue, signing a contract extension with Melbourne on Monday.
The key defender, who was already locked in until the end of next season, put pen to paper on a further four years, which will see him remain a Demon until at least the end of 2028.
Having arrived from Adelaide during the 2017 Trade Period, Lever has since tallied 102 games for the club and established himself among the league’s most reliable defenders.
Melbourne List Manager Tim Lamb was thrilled to secure the 27-year-old’s signature, on the eve of an exciting AFL Finals campaign.
“To have Jake commit for a further four seasons is a great outcome for the club,” Lamb said.
“He is an outstanding player and a crucial cog in our defence, as well as an influential leader and mentor to our young players.
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“Jake’s passion and commitment to our club is second to none. He works tirelessly on his game, is always striving to improve and is driven to helping us achieve our goals.
“We look forward to the role he can play for us this AFL Finals Series, and in the years to come.”
Lever, who has played 158 matches to date, has continued his impressive form this season, averaging 14.3 disposals and 8.3 intercept possessions – he has tallied the third most intercepts in the competition.
Originally from Romsey, Lever joins the likes of Taj Woewodin and Josh Schache in recently inking new deals with the club.