Jacobs impressed with Lever replacement

22 May 2018 21:45:30 GMTPlus11

Ruckman Sam Jacobs says Jake Lever's off-season departure from Adelaide hasn't affected the Crows, as they prepare to come up against him for the first time.

Adelaide take on Lever and his new club Melbourne in Alice Springs on Sunday bidding for a fifth win in six games.

Lever's presence in the Demons side provides some extra spice for the clash, after he walked out on the Crows at the end of last season to sign a lucrative four-year deal with Melbourne.

Jacobs had three excellent seasons at Adelaide, being named in the AFL's 22under22 team in all three years.

But Jacobs said he felt his former teammate's exit had been a positive in one sense, in that it gave Tom Doedee - who had been outstanding in his two seasons in the SANFL - the chance to shine.

"I'm comfortable the players, like Tom Doedee, we had were going to step up, we were happy we were going to cover him and that's the way it's panned out," added Jacobs.

"From that point of view, it's fantastic, that the spot he left has created opportunities to see those guys come in and play some really strong footy."

Taken with the 17th overall pick in the 2015 AFL Draft, 21-year-old Doedee has been "unreal" since stepping up to senior level according to Jacobs.

"He's a really hard-working player and I think it's been a pretty seamless transition," said the ruckman. "He's really surprised me, played some fantastic footy and he's going to be a good player for a long time."

Adelaide are fourth on the ladder, behind the third-placed Demons on percentage.

The Crows are 5/4 to beat Melbourne, who are 17/25.

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