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Giants’ Cameron brave but needs awareness

Fearless Greater Western Sydney forward Jeremy Cameron could do with increasing his awareness on the field when the Giants face a physical Hawthorn side on Saturday, coach Leon Cameron says.


Cameron has been cleared to play against Hawthorn at Spotless Stadium on Saturday, despite injuring his nose in the side’s embarrassing loss to West Coast last weekend.

The 22-year-old suffered a heavy knock in a marking contest with Will Schofield and Shannon Hurn during the first term at Domain Stadium, but played out the rest of the game.

Back at training on Wednesday ahead of the Giants’ first Sydney home match at Spotless Stadium, the talented youngster said he wasn’t sure whether his nose was actually broken, though doctors had straightened and stitched it up.

Leon Cameron praised the young star as a courageous player, but wanted him to be conscious of not turning that fearlessness into recklessness.

“I would probably say he needs to have a better awareness at times, and he knows that as well,” Leon Cameron said.

“Obviously the number one thing is for his safety, but also for the safety of his teammates.

“But it’s very hard to take that out of a player that’s just got eyes on the ball.

“And you want that because he’s a very brave player, and he just loves that sort of physicality to his game.

“But at times he needs to have more awareness of what’s around him.”

For Jeremy, to take away the more physical aspects of the game on which he thrives would dampen his ability.

“When he speaks to me about that sort of stuff it’s normally in pre-season when we’re playing against our own teammates, to make sure I don’t hurt the boys,” he half-joked.

“But that’s the way I play my football, and sometimes it’s a good way to get into the match.

“The contests are something I really like and I enjoy in football, so I’ll just keep doing them things.

“Sometimes you can get pretty big bumps with that sort of stuff so I think there’s a little bit of commonsense involved as well.”

Cameron will be in his element against Hawthorn, whose outing against North Melbourne last Saturday was so physical both captain Luke Hodge and vice-captain Jordan Lewis are both sidelined with three- and two-game bans.

“I think Hawthorn’s a very physical side, so like all the good sides – like Fremantle and the (Sydney) Swans – the Hawks definitely bring a lot of aggression to the footy field,” he said.

“They tackle hard, create a lot of pressure, and that’s why teams falter under that.

“We know they’re going to come strong, and we want to try and match that.”