Newman star picked up by West Coast
Given the option of playing alongside older brother Charlie at Brisbane or joining West Coast, Jarrod Cameron would have selected the Eagles.
Cameron received his wish when West Coast drafted him with pick 39 after Brisbane placed a bid to recruit the Eagles’ Next Generation Academy player.
It was a no-lose situation for the dynamic forward given he’d trained at West Coast once a week this season and had his brother at Brisbane.
But Cameron said playing alongside Charlie would have meant he didn’t have the chance to establish his own identity.
“I wanted to stay here to try and make a name for myself instead of being Charlie Cameron’s younger brother,” he said.
“I said to Mum that I wanted to build my own game style.
“Going to Brisbane would have meant I tried to play like Charlie.”
Cameron admitted he wasn’t sure whether he would be drafted at the start of the season, but five goals against Vic Country during the under-18 national championships proved he was capable of performing superbly at the next level.
The 18-year-old said watching the Eagles prepare from week to week gave him a great insight into what was required. “That was eye-opening,” he said. “I did a few training sessions with the team and tried to make the most of my opportunities when I went in there.
“When I first went into the club, it was pretty daunting, but now that I know a few of the boys, it’s good.”
Meanwhile, Subiaco coach Beau Wardman has compared midfielder Luke Foley to Andrew Gaff after the Eagles drafted him. Foley joined the Eagles at pick 31 after he was overlooked in last year’s draft.
A star junior athlete over 400m and 1500m, Foley used his running strength to average 25 possessions a game at colts level last season.
Wardman said few players could run with the 19-year-old.
“He’s elite with his running capacity,” he said.
“He’s similar to an Andrew Gaff in that capacity.
“He can break the lines, he’s got some explosion, he can accumulate possessions, and his ability to read the play and find his own footy is his hallmark.
“His training standards went up to a new level this year. I think he’s ready to step straight into an AFL environment.”
Picked in the AFL draft for West Coast, Jarrod Cameron with mum Gina.
Subiaco product Luke Foley with mother Sue and father Stephen. He has been selected by West Coast at pick No.31.