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Player Review: Charlie Cameron

Player Review: Charlie Cameron See highlights from Charlie Cameron's season.

Pick 12 for Charlie Cameron?

At the time of the trade last year, many fans thought the Lions were giving up too much for Adelaide’s livewire forward. 

A stunning start to the year by Cameron dispelled those doubts however, as he was easily one of the recruits of the season.

He kicked three goals in each of the opening three rounds of the season and impressed with his pressure and evasiveness.

Often playing as a deep forward, Cameron quickly became an x-factor the Lions’ forward line desperately needed. 

Against the Western Bulldogs in Round 8 he kicked three goals, took a career-high eight marks and tallied 18 disposals and eight tackles. 

He was awarded Coaches Votes in Round 1 (two votes), Round 2 (five) and Round 8 (two).

Cameron quickly endeared himself to the Gabba faithful, with fireworks expected every time he went near the ball. 

 

Unfortunately, Cameron’s season was cut short by a Lisfranc injury sustained in Round 11 against North Melbourne.

The 24-year-old underwent surgery and is now back up and running and has been working extremely hard in the gym. He is expected to be fine to complete the full pre-season training program.

While out injured, Cameron took on a coaching role with the Lions’ NEAFL side, which can only be positive for his leadership and footy smarts going forward.

As one of the AFL’s genuine excitement machines, Cameron naturally produced a couple of incredible marks and goals.

His enormous leap against Hawthorn in Round 9 and ridiculous goal against Gold Coast in Round 5 both made the final three for Goal and Mark of the Year. The winner of these two awards will be announced at tonight’s Brownlow Medal. 

2019 can't come soon enough for Cameron, who will be raring to make an impact again on the field. 

Coaches Comment – Jed Adcock, Forwards Coach 

“Started the year on fire and was absolutely unbelievable. Would have been in contention for All Australian selection if he didn’t get injured.”

Senior matches: 11

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs