GWS Giants have faith that top goalkicker Jeremy Cameron will have big impact in the AFL finals.GWS spearhead Jeremy Cameron is being backed to have a huge impact on his side’s AFL finals campaign, after copping some heavy hits in recent games.
Cameron, the Giants’ leading goal-kicker this season with 42, has played three games since returning from a five-week suspension for striking Brisbane’s Harris Andrews.
He kicked four goals against the Gold Coast in his first game back, but just three in his last two, with Swans defender Dane Rampe keeping him to a season low eight disposals and a single major in last week’s Sydney derby.
“What’s happened in each of these games, he’s actually copped some really heavy knocks at some point in the game,’ which has taken the wind out of his sails,” GWS’ forwards coach Brad Miller told AAP.
“He bases his game on work rate and if you cop a serious whack in the early parts of the game, it can affect your ability to cover the ground.
“Then you’ve got a defender like Dane Rampe, who is really physical and checks his run and it made life really hard for Jeremy.
“But I’ve got no doubt he’s going to have a huge impact in our finals campaign.”
Cameron’s enforced layoff had one positive, as it enabled him to to deal with the toe issue, which dogged him in the early part of the season and caused him to miss a number of relatively straightforward set shots.
“He was actually changing the way that he was kicking the footy for goal,” Miller said.
‘He’s normally deadeye accurate and so it was affecting his set shot accuracy.
“But the five week spell, if there’s a silver lining in that, it was he was able to rest his toe and so he’s over that issue now. So that’s been a real positive.”
Cameron isn’t the only Giants forward to have missed a significant chunk of their campaign.
Jon Patton and Toby Greene, who finished joint leading goalkickers with Cameron last year, have played just 12 and seven games, respectively.
Miller pointed out Greene’s run of rotten luck has at least enabled the Giants to fast-track promising first-year small forwards Zac Langdon and Brent Daniels.
Langdon, who accumulated senior experience with WAFL club Claremont before being snapped up by GWS, has an unbelievable work rate, according to Miller.
‘You look at his GPS at the end of games and we’re talking Tom Scully sort of numbers,” Miller said.