MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 08: Jake Lever of the Demons runs with the ball during the JLT Community Series AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the St Kilda Saints at Casey Fields on March 8, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Melbourne off-season recruit Jake Lever is excited to get started with his new team in round one this weekend.

Lever requested a trade just days after suiting up for the Grand Final in a losing effort for his former team, the Adelaide Crows. He wished to move back home to Victoria and play for a Melbourne-based club, where he consequently ended up falling in the Demons’ hands.

The 22-year-old mentioned to SEN Breakfast that he hopes he experiences more success this weekend in the Demons round one match against Geelong than the last time he played at the MCG.

“Obviously the last time I was on the MCG, it was a bit mellower, it was a disappointing day, so hopefully on Sunday I feel a little bit better than I did last time,” Lever told SEN Breakfast.

“I’m super excited to be honest … I probably didn’t think about it until yesterday. Obviously with the pre-season you’re pretty busy, but I just can’t wait for the friends and family to be able to come along and watch me pull on the Melbourne jumper for the first time.”

Lever’s decision to request a trade from the Crows was controversial amongst his former teammates, most notably his former captain Taylor Walker.

However, Lever says he still holds very strong connections with a lot of them and wishes them well going into the 2018 season.

“I have got so many close mates there.”

“I still like to watch them and see how they’re going. It will be interesting on Friday night, they’re playing in Melbourne so I might catch up with a few of them before the game.”