Alarm as premiership star suddenly collapses at preseason training – just a day after he and Demon teammates were hailed by fans in belated flag celebrations
- Melbourne Demons first day of training goes awry as star player collapses
- Jake Lever feinted from exhaustion after gruelling running, kicking drills
- The 25-year-old was on the ground for 20 minutes as club staff come to his aid
The Melbourne Demons had a scare at preseason training on Monday as star premiership defender Jake Lever collapsed during a drill and required urgent attention from medical staff.
Lever fainted from exhaustion as the team were working through a series of gruelling drills at their Casey Field training base in Melbourne’s south.
The 25-year-old appeared groggy on his feet before losing his balance and falling to the ground in the 29C heat.
Jake Lever of the Demons is pictured during a running session before he collapsed on December 6
Jake Lever feinted from exhaustion as the team were working through a series of gruelling kicking drills at at Casey Fields in Melbourne’s south
Medical staff rushed to Lever’s aid as he sipped on water trying to find his bearings
The defender stayed on the ground for about 20 minutes before eventually sitting up and getting to his feet
Worried medical staff, along with coach Simon Goodwin and head of football Alan Richardson, immediately rushed to his side asking if he knew where he was.
The defender stayed on the ground for about 20 minutes, taking in some water and trying to find his bearings.
Eventually, he was able to get to his feet unassisted and did not need to go to the hospital.
Club officials admit Lever may have overdone it, going ‘a bit too hard, too early’ on the first day back in training after a day of celebrations at the MCG on Sunday in which the Demons were able to belatedly hold a fans day to mark the end of their57-year premiership drought.
The Demons secured their first flag in almost six decades in September, thumping the Western Bulldogs in Perth: 21. 14 (140) – 10. 6 (66).
Covid restrictions delayed the club’s traditional post-premiership fan day, but the fans turned out in huge numbers on Sunday to meet and congratulate the players.
Eventually, Lever he was able to get to his feet unassisted and did not need to go to the hospital
Lever is now recovering at home and officials say he’s expected to make a full recovery
Club officials admit they may have overdone it on the first day back after an offseason full of wild celebrations, going ‘a bit too hard, too early’ (pictured, Lever leaves training)
Earlier in the day, new high-performance chief Selwyn Griffith put the team through their paces with a brutal running session designed to make sure players weren’t resting on last season’s success.
‘He (Griffith) wants to make his mark pretty early and he’s got us training really hard at the moment. There’s a bit of nervous energy about the (1km) time trials,’ Demons midfielder Jack Viney told Fox Sport on Sunday.
Several players were filmed breathing deeply and falling to their haunches in between sprints.
Lever was sent home to recover and officials said he was expected to make a full recovery, likely re-joining training on Tuesday.
Lever (pictured with his young family after wining the 2021 Grand Final) is likely re-join the side on Tuesday