“What was put to Adelaide was a very reasonable offer from the Melbourne Footy Club in their mind. Just looking at the Draft order now, Melbourne have pick 10. That was certainly on the table for the Crows and also their pick No. 2 in the Draft is pick No. 27. So both 10 and 27 and potentially a swap of picks involved there for Jake Lever,” Cornes said on Sportsday SA.
“So this negotiation has been ongoing for a long time and that offer was slid across the table to the Crows official. He looked at it, shut his computer, didn’t say a word, got up and left the cafe. Just walked out. No dialogue whatsoever and it was quite a long walk to the exit of this cafe.
“They tried to call him back — both Lever’s manager and the Melbourne Footy Club. (He) didn’t want a bar of it and it is very, very testy between the Adelaide Footy Club and the Melbourne Footy Club.
“Some further emails were then sent the following day and clearly Melbourne were not happy with the way negotiations are going.”