Damian Barrett believes, if Jake Lever chooses to leave Adelaide, Melbourne looms as the team leading the race to secure him.
Lever's contract has been a hot talking point all season, with the young gun out of contract at the end of the year.
Clubs are reportedly offering him massive deals to return to Victoria.
“It’s just getting murkier and murkier, isn’t it? And more worrying, basically," Barrett said on Dead Set Legends in Adelaide.
“Clubs are using many ways, they’re using the father’s connection, who is well known to Melbourne people."
Barrett said, if there is an order, Melbourne is likely in front.
“If there was to be an order, I reckon it might be Melbourne that’s in front," he said.
“And I know the Bulldogs are well established as being very, very keen. The club we just talked about then, Collingwood, also has a major requirement for someone of his talents in their team, as well.
“When you do get to round 17, obviously you know there’s an issue, don’t you? It’s obviously worrying times."