DARTMOOR’S Jeremy Cameron would have preferred a spot of fishing over football two years ago but now that’s all changed.
Cameron, named at full-forward in the AFL’s All-Australian team on Monday night, is likely to have little time for wetting a line after a standout year with Greater Western Sydney.
Cameron told Fox Footy’s On the Couch on Monday night he had preferred fishing over footy.
But after adapting to life in a big city, he was enjoying being a professional sportsman.
He said he expected to spend a lot of time in the weights room over summer.
“I will be doing a lot of weights this off-season,” said Cameron, who played his first game of footy when he was 15.
“I think we’ll be in the gym a lot.”
The 20-year-old became the youngest player in 15 years to be named in the AFL’s All-Australian team.
He booted 62 goals to finish third on the league’s goalkicking table this year, a major achievement given the Giants managed just one win.
Fittingly for Cameron, who has been anointed the “next Matthew Lloyd” by many pundits, he became the youngest player to earn All-Australian selection since Essendon’s Lloyd did it at the same age in 1998.
Recent Hall of Fame inductee Lloyd managed the feat by kicking 63 goals in his third season, but that was in a side that tallied nine victories.
Cameron and the vast majority of his teammates at the expansion club are in their second season.
Cameron did not play his first competitive Australian rules match until he was 15.
“The Giants will build their team around Jeremy Cameron for the next 10 years,” Lloyd said earlier this week. “He is that good.”
GWS coach Leon Cameron, a South Warrnambool export, was full of praise for the young gun, who earlier this month was named the Giants’ club champion.
“This is the biggest individual football achievement in our short history,” Cameron said.
“The most exciting thing for Jeremy and the Giants is there is still a lot of room for improvement and to take his game to another level.”