Cameron eyes swift return for Swans

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Sydney Swans big man Darcy Cameron.
Camera IconSydney Swans big man Darcy Cameron. Credit: AFL Media

Albany-raised ruckman Darcy Cameron will have his second hit-out this weekend as he works his way back from the latest setback, a minor knee injury that prevented him from being part of the Sydney Swans JLT Community Series campaign.

There were mixed fortunes for North Albany product Cameron over the past couple of months.

He was named the recipient of the Cathy Lees Award last month, which recognises blossoming talent at the club.

However, Cameron’s prospects of pushing for senior selection in round 1 were ended a month ago when he strained his PCL, on the verge of the JLT practice games.

The 205cm ruckman made his return from injury last Saturday in a practice game against the Canberra Demons, playing 80 minutes and moving well.

The Swans reserves will take on Greater Western Sydney, including suspended ruckman Shane Mumford, this weekend ahead of the NEAFL season getting under way on April 6.

Cameron remained upbeat despite the minor injury and was eyeing more minutes this weekend. “I had a big knee clash with one of the GWS boys,” Cameron said.

“I strained my PCL, which was unfortunate timing because I was hopeful of playing in both JLT games. We have another scratch match this weekend against GWS and Mumford is playing, so that will be a really good test.

“Hopefully I can get through unscathed. The injury is on my leading knee in the ruck, so I’m jumping on my opposite leg but I’d adjusting.”

The 23-year-old was drafted by the Swans and made his debut in 2018 but has played only the one AFL game. Cameron will come out of contract at the end of this season after he signed for another season midway through 2017.

He enjoyed a superb 2018 season at NEAFL level, finishing runner-up in the competition’s MVP award, and was selected in the NEAFL Team of the Year.

Those accolades led to winning the Cathy Lees Award, presented to the most promising young player at the club at the completion of every pre-season.

“I feel now I’m a bit more mature, I’ve had a solid pre-season in general,” he said.

“Hopefully I can push for a spot soon.

“I’m more determined and feel like I’m really part of the team.

“I don’t want to spend too much time in the NEAFL, I’m here to play AFL footy and that’s where I want to be.”

The Swans lost their AFL opener to Western Bulldogs last week and face Adelaide at home tomorrow night.

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