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Davis committed to Demons
Davis committed to Demons

All-Australian Leon Davis will remain at Perth next season despite rumblings about his failure to train with the club.

Perth chief executive Marty Atkins said Davis had told him that he was committed to honouring the second season of a contract he signed after failing to come to terms with Collingwood last year.

"Leon is 100 per cent committed to playing for Perth next year," Atkins said.

"He was not available last week because of a family or personal matter but he will be back next season. I met him personally and he gave me his word on that."

Davis played 17 matches in his return to the WAFL after more than a decade with the Magpies.

He lives in Northam and has not been able to train regularly with the Demons.

He missed the final match against Swan Districts, Atkins saying Davis had not been able to get to training the night before the game.

Coach Damien McMahon's use of the highly-skilled Davis has been one of the most contentious elements of Perth's disappointing season.

Although one of the most damaging kicks in the league, he has spent most of his time deep in defence, where his impact has been minimal.

He only received six votes in _The West Australian's _ Player of the Year award and only twice was included in the team's best five players in any of their six wins. Yet he still managed to kick 19 goals to finish equal third on the team's scoring list and would have been an automatic member of the State team that played South Australia had he not ruled himself out.

·West Coast duo Scott Lycett and Ashley Smith will play against each other in the reserves first semifinal tomorrow.

Lycett, a Peel player, was allocated to East Perth, while Smith will remain at his WAFL club Perth and will be allowed to play in the club's reserves.

Fremantle will have an intense training session tomorrow for their players whose WAFL league teams are not in action.

The WAFL clubs agreed to allow AFL players to play in the reserves if their league teams had not qualified for finals.

The West Australian

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