Aussie Rules: Cameron departs GWS

12 May 2022 19:01:27 GMTPlus10
Cameron steps aside

Leon Cameron has quit as head coach of Greater Western Sydney, ending a nine-year spell at the helm, and says it is the right time for him and the Giants to go their separate ways.

GWS are priced at 5500/1 to finish in the top eight of the AFL this season but have made a very disappointing start to the campaign, winning just two of the opening eight games.

Tuesday meeting

They suffered a 53-point loss against Geelong last weekend and after he labelled the performance as “boring” the writing was on the wall.

Cameron and CEO Dave Matthews had a meeting on Tuesday when it was mutually decided that they should part ways and allow someone else to take the reins.

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Cameron will take charge for the final time in a “farewell match” against Carlton at the weekend before handing the reins to assistant coach Mark McVeigh for the rest of the season.

GWS will then attempt to line up a new coach for 2023 and former Hawthorn head coach Alastair Clarkson’s name is already in the frame.

Time to go

As for Cameron he says the time is right for him to move on and he is looking forward to taking a break from the game he loves.

"I know I've still got the players, but it's a sapping job and I'll be totally honest, at times that can wear you down a little bit,” he said. “But in saying that, that's not just the one reason, I think there is a whole bunch of reasons. We all in life try to find that perfect moment to make that perfect decision.

"This is a good decision, as much as it sounds hard, this is a good decision. The timing is right for our footy club to look for its next senior coach."

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