Two GWS Giants have signalled their intentions to move to new AFL clubs for 2021 and, given their position, it would be a surprise if that number does not increase – possibly significantly – before this year’s trade period comes to an end.
The art of kicking bags was deemed dead, but nobody told Jeremy Cameron.
The 26-year-old has started season 2019 in electric form, converting 30 majors from seven games and already has a commanding 13-goal lead from second in the Coleman Medal race.
Averaging 4.3 goals a game, the calculators have come out to see whether the Giants star can be the first player to reach three-figures since Lance Franklin’s 113 goal season in 2008.
Standing at 196cm and 94kg, the versatile left-footer is extremely threatening when the ball is on the ground, making him so difficult to play against.
So far this year, Cameron has only been held under four goals twice and hasn’t left the field with less than three, including bags of six and seven.
Whilst comprehensively leading the Coleman Medal, Cameron is also leading the competition for marks inside 50 (29 at 4.1) and score involvements (65 at 9.3).
Coming from a non-Victorian expansion club, Cameron’s form has avoided the microscope. But since joining the competition in 2012, he has led Greater Western Sydney’s goalkicking in every season (7), already three more times than revolutionary St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt.
The Dartmoor junior has swiftly moved up the goal kicking rankings without drawing much attention – from 157 games, Cameron has 357 career goals, proving he is worth every cent of his million-dollar salary.
Since 2010, the highest goal tally including finals is 82, shared by West Coast’s Josh Kennedy (2016) and Sydney’s Lance Franklin (2011), a feat which Cameron is on target to obliterate if his form continues.
If Cameron was to stoop to a 3.5 goal per game average in the home-and-away season alone, his fast start would still be rewarded with the highest goalkicking record since the dawn of the new decade.
Coaches will unquestionably be analysing the key forward to try and contain him, but if Cameron maintains his current average, it will take 24 matches to reach the 100 goal milestone. With GWS currently looking at another finals berth, 24 matches isn’t an unrealistic possibility.
In the next four weeks, the Giants face Hawthorn, Carlton, Melbourne and Gold Coast, all sides currently sitting outside the top eight and struggling to contain big scores. Ultimately meaning supporters can still dream of another chance to storm the hallowed turf in September.