Cameron opens up on GWS exit

14 November 2020 17:21:51 GMTPlus11

Jeremy Cameron says telling GWS coach Leon Cameron he wanted to leave for Geelong was one of the hardest things he has ever had to do.

The 27-year-old has spent 10 years with the Giants and says that Cameron has been a huge influence during that time, turning him into the player he is today.

So telling his mentor he wanted to join the Cats did not come easy.

"It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do," he told reporters on Friday.

"I remember in my third season Leon took me in and said 'I can see the potential in you, you're going to be a good B-plus or
A-grade player but do you want to be an A-plus player, I can turn you into that.' It's a conversation I've never forgotten.

"To have him sit in my lounge room and hear that I'm leaving was obviously very tough and it’s still obviously a bit emotional now."

The deal took some hammering out and went right to the wire before Geelong eventually handed over three first-round picks to get the trade done.

Cameron admits it has been a tough time, and although he is delighted to get his wish of a move to Geelong, it comes with a touch of sadness also.

"I’ve been so stressed out lately and I don't really like it because I am a relaxed bloke, it’s been quite full-on," he added.

"Very happy but at the same time there's a bit of sadness as well. I have nothing bad to say about the Giants and it's been an incredible 10 years with them."

Geelong are priced at 11/2 to win the AFL grand final in 2021.

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