ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Jake Lever of the Crows waits on a goal review decision after a kick by Brodie Smith of the Crows during the 2016 AFL First Elimination Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at the Adelaide Oval on September 10, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Adelaide youngster Jake Lever has opted to wait until later in the year before re-committing to the club.

However, don’t fret Crows’ fans, Lever has stated he is waiting for the new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the AFL Players’ Association and the AFL to be finalised before he signs a new contract.

With the salary cap set to increase under the new agreement, Lever is naturally hoping to secure the best possible deal for the future.

Lever said he is hopeful a deal can be finalised sooner rather than later.

“In terms of my contract status, I’m sort of waiting for the CBA to be done,” Lever said on 5AA radio on Tuesday.

“With the CBA not being done, it’s almost like you’re building the house without a budget, so you don’t really know what you’re working with.

“I’m happy here and hopefully it gets done sooner rather than later.

“I lot of people tend to think blokes sign for money, but at the end of the day, I know for me it’s a little bit about my family.

“My girlfriend (who is from Victoria) is over here (in Adelaide), she’s going to play a massive part in the decision.

“Family is such an important part in contracts these days.”

However, the longer the CBA remains up in the air, the longer Lever remains unsigned beyond this season and the more sought after his signature will become.

He played 12 games in his debut season after being selected with pick No.14 in 2015, and 24 games last year, averaging 15.8 disposals and 5.2 marks per game.

The 21-year-old Victorian is on the radar of several clubs in his home state and the longer he remains out of contract, the more offers that will come his way.

But for now, all reports suggest Lever is intending to stay a Crow.