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Rising Seagull gets VFL crack

North Shore young gun Noah Lever has signed with VFL club Williamstown for 2022. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

NOAH Lever didn’t envisage receiving an offer of a spot on a VFL list when he signed with North Shore for the 2021 season.

However, the development of the 19-year-old former Geelong Falcon has been such that not only did he win the Seagulls’ best-and-fairest, but he has also earned a contract with Williamstown for next year.

“I wasn’t expecting too much out of the season,” Lever said. “I just wanted to play the best footy I could the whole time.

“When I got that VFL contract, I was pretty happy.

“It was a bit of surprise. ‘Plappy’ (Williamstown coach Justin Plapp) asked me that when we had a coffee, “did you expect this?”.

“And I was like, “not really.”

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Lever averaged 28.6 disposals per game, including a 40-possession performance against Bell Park, as well as eight tackles and just under four clearances.

If not for Grovedale forward Tom Gillett bursting onto the scene, he was likely next in line for the GFL’s Rookie of the Year.

Lever says Seagulls co-coach Nick Dixon and Darren Winter provided plenty of support, with Dixon especially influential.

“Nick took me under his wing, and he’s taught me a fair bit in the last year,” Lever said.

“The most I’ve learnt in a year of footy has come this year, and mainly from him. He’s helped me out a lot with his VFL experience.

“And they let me have free rein; if I asked to play somewhere, they’d play me there.”

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Williamstown has been a solid nursery for players to get onto an AFL list if they were overlooked via the traditional NAB League pathway.

However, Lever has parked those ambitions for the moment.

“I’ll just take it as it comes,” he said. “Nick said Williamstown have got the best draftee rate in the last few years.

“But, I want to play the best I can and see what happens.

I’m not too fussed, either way.

“But it’s always in the back of your mind.”

It is understood Williamstown had been monitoring Lever’s progress closely mid-season.

“We’re all about bringing quality people to our club, and he fits that from a character point of view,” Plapp told www.williamstownfc.com.au.

“He’s a young player that has assets that we see he can fill, and he’s a competitive young man who has a point of difference in his ability to win the ball.

“We feel he is going to be a player that is going to feature really well in that part of the game for us.'”

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