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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Interest gathers for West Coast Eagles academy prospect Jarrod Cameron

West Coast has seen the emergence of several exciting small forwards in 2018 – Liam Ryan, Willie Rioli and Dan Venables to name a few – and could have another on their hands when next year rolls around.
Jarrod Cameron, the brother of Brisbane livewire Charlie, was among Swan Districts’ best again on Sunday, slotting four goals in the colts’ nine-point qualifying final win over Peel.
Cameron played well for WA in the under 18 championships and has shown his wares in a variety midfield and forward roles for the Swans, earning him a senior WAFL debut in round 18.
The slightly-built 18-year-old is part of West Coast’s Next Generation Academy, granting the Eagles priority access to him in this year’s draft.
But they might not have it all their way, according to The West Australian chief football writer Mark Duffield.
Speaking on the latest edition of the Duff and Quarters podcast, Duffield said at least one other club could throw their hat in the ring for the talented junior.
“As well as West Coast’s obvious interests, I’m told that GWS is very interested and may make an early bid which will test West Coast’s will to take him,” Duffield said.
“He’s got a bit of swagger. He’s going to get a good bollocking early in the piece at AFL level but he certainly can play.
“He looks a good type.”
Duffield’s assessment echoes earlier comments made by WA coach Peter Sumich, who saw enough in Cameron to suggest an AFL club should take a chance.
“As a rookie or a real late pick, he’s there,” Sumich said.
“He’s proven his wares in a level that’s above colts and to kick five (in the championships against Vic Country) is great for him.”
“It’s easy for me to say have a punt on him, but if he’s there with your last rookie pick, if I was West Coast, I’d be taking him.
“If you look at his brother, he probably matured a little bit later, and I think Jarrod’s still got a lot of maturity in him. You might see that in another two years’ time.”
Fremantle academy prospect Jason Carter was among Peel’s best against Cameron’s Swans, notching 20 touches, seven marks and four tackles to go with clean ball handling and neat disposal.
Also on the Duff and Quarters podcast hosted by Duffield and The Sunday Times sports editor Glen Quartermain:
  • Pre-finals bye a 'good idea' (00:59)
  • Should the Brownlow Medal date be moved? (2:01)
  • South Fremantle star's astonishing display (3:01)
  • Charlie Cameron's younger brother impressing (3:56)
  • The end of the Eagles/Royals alignment (4:53)
  • Should West Perth become the Joondalup Falcons? (7:01)
  • Would the WAFL grand final work during AFL bye weekend? (9:47)
  • Freo's big list management decision (12:40)
  • The best progress in the Dockers' history (18:02)
  • St Kilda's most frustrating player (20:07)
  • Finals preview (25:04)