Get to know new recruit Jeremy Cameron with these five facts you may not have known.
First ever Giant-Cat
In true Pokemon spirit, the Cats have now caught them all! The only team in the Club’s 161 years it hasn’t received a player from was GWS until the transaction for Cameron. Three Cats had become Giants previously in triple premiership forward Steve Johnson, dual premiership defender Josh Hunt and actual giant Dawson Simpson, but the Cats had never received a player from the Giants until now.
The record holder
The Giants were at pains to make sure they got an acceptable return for Cameron and there is a clear reason why. Cameron holds the record for the most games and goals in the Giants nine seasons in the competition. Whilst only seven games in front of Cal Ward for games with 171, Cameron has by far been the Giants most prolific goalkicker with 427 goals which is 244 ahead of Toby Greene in second place.
The Rebel who could have been a Falcon
For such a prolific footballer, it’s incredible to consider that Cameron only started playing Australian Rules Football at 15 years old. It was in that year, 2008, that a decision was made by the AFL to re-zone the south western regions of Victoria from then TAC Cup side the Geelong Falcons to the North Ballarat Rebels (now Greater Western Victoria Rebels). That meant in 2010, when Cameron’s talent became clear, he became a Rebel rather than a Falcon.
Not seen for over 100 years
It will be an embarrassment of riches for the Cats in the forward line in 2021 as they become the first side in over 100 years to have back-to-back Coleman medallists in the same side. Not since Albert Thurgood and Fred Hiskins, the 1900 and 1901 league goalkicking leaders, lined up for Essendon in 1902 have two players who have won the Coleman Medal or its equivalent across the past two seasons played together. Interestingly, Hawkins and Cameron’s combined goal tally of 1030 goals is only nine goals more than the Cats previous Coleman Medallist, Gary Ablett Snr, booted for the Cats.
There can only be one Jeremy... until now
It shouldn’t take long for Cameron to become the ‘Jeremy’ with the most ever games for Geelong. As far as we can tell from our records, the only other Jeremy to play a senior game for Geelong was Jeremy Laidler, who played two games for the Cats in 2009 and 2010. The name became popular in Australia in the late 1960s but it would seem the Cats recruiting staff haven't favoured them when it comes to draft time.