New­man star picked up by West Coast

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Craig O’Donoghue

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.

Pic­tures: Sharon Smith

Su­bi­aco prod­uct Luke Fo­ley with mother Sue and fa­ther Stephen. He has been se­lected by West Coast at pick No.31.

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