The Eagles said in a statement that they weren’t able to secure Jetta’s future at the club next season.
“It is always a very difficult time of the year that has been made more complex this year due to the uncertainties around AFL list sizes etc. Unfortunately we are not in a position to offer Lewis an opportunity beyond this year,” General Manager – Football Craig Vozzo said today.
“Lewis has been a highly valued member of our playing group for the last six years and will always be fondly remembered as a Chris Mainwaring medallist and a premiership player.”
But all may not be lost for the former Swan and Eagle, with former AFL assistant Rob Harding imploring Melbourne to contact Lewis Jetta.
Speaking on SEN’s Bob and Andy, Harding believes Jetta is the exact type of player the Demons need.
“I was a little bit surprised.
“If Melbourne don’t pick up the phone and ring Lewis Jetta I’d be very surprised.
“Outside class, ball use, running ability, can play wing and half-back.
“Just ticks every box for Melbourne, so I would hope they would make that phone call.”
The Demons have long been in need of some outside speed and someone who can break the lines from half back.
Ed Langdon brought some speed to the wing but there is still no one in defence who can take the ball from the back third and go over the midfield and deep forward.
Christian Salem has been Melbourne’s attacking half-back for some time now but is more of a methodical ball user who will cut opponents up by foot rather than blistering pace and carry of the ball.
Lewis is the cousin of Melbourne defender and leader Neville Jetta, which may play a crucial part in convincing Jetta to move away from home so late in his career.
Jetta believes he still has some footy left in him but whether any clubs are willing to pick him up in the current climate remains to be seen.