On the verge of his AFL return, Greater Western Sydney star Jeremy Cameron has resolved to be a bit smarter about when he unleashes his aggression.
Cameron has already spent a frustrating three matches on the sidelines following his suspension for a pre-season bump that left Brisbane defender Rhys Mathieson needing surgery for a fractured cheekbone.
The 23-year-old forward will serve the fourth and final week of his ban in Sunday’s clash with Port Adelaide in Canberra, before finally returning for next weekend’s away match against St Kilda.
Cameron is revered by his own teammates and feared by opposition sides for his all-out attacking approach that saw him kick a career-high 63 majors last season.
But after the Mathieson incident, and having sailed close to the wind on some other occasions, the 2013 All Australian said he’d spoken to coach Leon Cameron about slightly modifying his style.
“I am that player where I do see the ball and just go as hard as I can basically,” Cameron said.
“It’s just being a bit smarter and seeing the game a bit better.
“I’ve got to really see those situations and weigh them up a lot quicker.
“You see the guys that make really quick, sharp decisions, and I think that’s where I’ve got to develop my game a little bit more, just be a bit quicker upstairs.”
The Giants’ shaky forward line has sorely missed the influence of Cameron, the young club’s most lethal attacker and leading goalscorer in every one of its four seasons.
He concedes it’s been exasperating sitting idle and watching his team lose their opener to Melbourne and fall again last weekend to the Sydney Swans, with a round-two upset win over Geelong sandwiched in between.
But scoring isn’t the only element that interests Cameron anymore, rather a desire continue developing his overall game, hoping that will contribute to a more holistic forward line.
“To look at guys like Josh Kennedy over in the west doing his stuff, you see the way he chases and tackles, that’s the way I want to develop my game,” he said.
“I’d rather kick 20 goals (in a season) and have everyone else kick 30 if we made the finals, and went deep into the finals.
“I’d rather that every day of the week than kick 60.”