Star GWS forward Jeremy Cameron says his AFL learning curve is steeper than most of his teammates as he battles to add consistency to his natural talent.
Cameron kicked his 50th goal of the AFL season in the Giants’ 21-point loss to Port Adelaide on Saturday, continuing his strong fightback from a 2014 in which he struggled for both fitness and form, kicking only 29 goals.
The 2013 All Australian didn’t play his first footy game until age 15 in his Victorian hometown of Dartmoor, and he said on Wednesday in some ways he’s still overcoming that late start.
“I’m going along okay, there’s a fair few errors I want to improve on, I think throughout everyone’s career you want to improve all the time,” Cameron said.
“I didn’t play much junior football so I find in meetings that other players, they see the game a lot easier than me. Sometimes I sit back and I’m still a little bit confused with a few little things.
“I have to learn to see what’s happening, every team throws up different things week in and week out, so you’ve got to know what to do in the different circumstances.”
The 22-year-old said Saturday’s must-win match against the Swans would be the biggest Sydney derby yet.
“It’s do or die for us. You’re going to want to come out firing against the Swans. It’s going to be a pretty big game,” he said.
“The Swans are always quite a physical team, everyone wants to pride themselves on being physical, and hard at the ball, hard at the player.”
Giants coach Leon Cameron said that with time and more experience his young namesake could develop into one of the finest players in the league.
“We’re rapt with how he’s progressed this year, especially after bouncing back from an injury-riddled last year,” he said.
“Our coaching staff put together a good program to help our players develop but you’ve actually got to want to do it, you’ve got to be driven from within.
“I think Jeremy’s starting to realise over the last 18 months that he wants to do it. He can’t just rely on his natural talent.”