Greater Western Sydney’s gun forward Jeremy Cameron has taken his game to another level this year, according to coach Leon Cameron.
Cameron booted six goals in the Giants’ three-point win over Collingwood on Saturday. The quality was as impressive as the quantity.
The 24-year-old crashed packs with reckless abandon, outmuscled opponent Henry Schade in a superb show of strength during the second term and converted almost all of his chances in the 15.12 (102) to 15.9 (99) win.
Cameron notably stepped up after quarter-time, when the Giants trailed the visitors by 26 points at Spotless Stadium.
He slotted three goals in 10 minutes to curtail the Magpies’ momentum, showing exactly why he was one of the expansion club’s first recruits.
“Jeremy has had an outstanding season,” GWS coach Leon Cameron said.
“His first eight weeks this year, it has probably been the most consistent he’s been in his short AFL career.
“He’s hard to match up on, because he can play in a few different positions now.
“He’s a determined young man who wants to learn the game even more.”
Cameron shot to the front of the Coleman Medal race as a result of his six-goal haul. He now has 28 goals from the opening eight rounds of the season.
“We know people judge Jeremy on the scoreboard but we judge him on so many other things,” Leon Cameron said.
The former Western Bulldogs and Richmond defender noted that assistant Amon Buchanan has helped the young gun add even more strings to his bow.
“He’s done an enormous amount of work with Amon Buchanan. They’ve got a really good relationship,” the fourth-year coach said.
“There’s no doubt he is learning a lot.
“He’s hard as a cat’s head. He cracks in regardless, that’s never been an issue.
“But he now senses moments in games better. He’ll have his quiet games but the quiet games now are the ones when he tries to look for a different way to stay in the match. That’s pleasing from a key forward.”
The coach was also full of praise for Jon Patton and Steve Johnson, who both slotted clutch goals in the final term against Collingwood.
“He (Patton) has had some really big moments in the last three weeks,” Cameron said.
“He’s kicked some really important goals. He wants the ball in his hands when those moments come around, which is great.”