Fam­ily life suit­ing De­mon Lever

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A RE­CENT new­born has been cred­ited with help­ing Jake Lever find peak fit­ness, as the Mel­bourne de­fender proved a stand­out dur­ing the Demons’ re­turn to train­ing this week.

Mel­bourne play­ers were wel­comed back to the club with a se­ries of fit­ness tests on Mon­day and Lever sur­pris­ingly fared bet­ter than he had be­fore the AFL sea­son was post­poned in March.

Lever and his wife Jessica wel­comed their first child, Jace, in Fe­bru­ary, and team­mates have been quick to point out that might be why his fit­ness lev­els are so high.

“We had four 1km runs and topped it off with about 7km of skills,” Lever said of Mon­day’s gru­elling ses­sion.

“Per­son­ally, I’ve been bet­ter (than be­fore Round 1). Every­one keeps jok­ing around that it’s prob­a­bly be­cause I’ve just had a baby and I’ve been try­ing to get out of the house and run all the time. But per­son­ally, I got bet­ter, which was fan­tas­tic.

“There are other guys that have come back well, too.

“The first 21 play­ers ran re­ally well and it was quite im­pres­sive to see. It just proves that every­one’s re­ally eager to get back play­ing and the seven or eight weeks that we had away, every­one trained re­ally hard and we were able to keep each other ac­count­able.”

IN SHAPE: Mel­bourne’s Jake Lever trains yes­ter­day.

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