Davis quits Demons to be with family
Davis quits Demons to be with family

Perth will not stand in the way of Leon Davis if he seeks to play country football this season after quitting the WAFL with a year to run on his contract.

The former All-Australian defender, who returned to Perth last year after 225 matches for Collingwood, is tied to the Demons for 2013.

Davis, 31, is living in Northam and has told Perth he is not interested in playing on at WAFL level.

Perth chief executive Marty Atkins said the door remained open for Davis to play again this season but the reality was that family commitments had become his priority.

The club was also attempting to break its current cycle of mediocrity and could not cater for a player who would not commit to a full-time involvement.

Perth have lost 2009 Sandover medallist Ross Young, who has returned to Victoria, but have secured AFL players Chance Bateman, Kyle Reimers and Jarrad Irons.

"As a high-profile and highly-paid player you have an expectation of the level of commitment but Leon has moved back to Northam to be with his family and can't meet the commitment that we want," Atkins said.

"There are no hard feelings and we understand that he wants to be back with family. He didn't have to come back to play for Perth but he did come back for a year and was runner-up in our fairest and best.

"The door is open for him to come back but we have not heard from him."

The West Australian

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