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Lions agree to Fevola payout

Guy Hand 07/03/2011 08:55:45 PM Comments (0)

Sacked Brisbane forward Brendan Fevola has agreed a financial settlement with the AFL club and will attempt to revive his stalled career in the second-tier Victorian Football League.

Fevola is back in Melbourne after pocketing an undisclosed share of the remaining $1.5 million, two-year contract torn up by the Lions for a string of misdemeanours.

The 30-year-old checked out of a Brisbane rehabilitation clinic on Monday and returned to Melbourne.

His manager Alastair Lynch said Fevola had agreed to join VFL club Casey Scorpions for this season, and would begin training this week before a short overseas holiday.

Lynch said Fevola was looking forward to beginning the next phase of his recovery from gambling, depression and alcohol problems.

"It was nice to see a smile on Brendan's face as he checked out of the clinic and prepared to return to his family - it's as happy as he's been in a long time," Lynch said.

The AFL will allow Brisbane to spread Fevola's payout over two years, which will dramatically ease salary cap pressure.

Brisbane said they would also continue to provide Fevola with financial assistance to overcome his health issues.

The Lions sacked Fevola after an eventful 12 months which started with the Lara Bingle nude photo affair and culminated in his arrest for public nuisance on New Year's Eve.

He played just 17 games.

Now Fevola's management is putting the final touches on a deal for him to play with Casey - AFL club Melbourne's affiliate - and reject offers from other VFL clubs Frankston and Port Melbourne.

"Brendan will have a couple of runs with the club this week just to make sure everyone is happy and on the same page, and hopefully while he's away we'll close off a deal via which he'll play with Casey in 2011," Lynch said.

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