Swans ruckman driven by injury lay-off

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

First-year Sydney Swans ruckman Darcy Cameron believes the disappointment of having his season ended early with a shoulder injury is added motivation in his bid to crack into the senior AFL team in 2018.

Cameron was drafted by the Swans with pick 48 in last year’s national draft and impressed during the pre-season and JLT Community Series as he eyed off an early season AFL debut.

An infected finger and shoulder injury prevented Cameron from debuting in the opening five rounds of the season and then last month his season was over prematurely after dislocating his right shoulder in the NEAFL.

Having already encountered shoulder troubles during the year, the Swans took no risks with the North Albany product, sending him for surgery immediately.

The 21-year-old returned home to see family in Albany last week during his recovery and is expected to start running in a month.

“It’s a labral tear of my right shoulder,” Cameron said.

“I subluxed it twice during the year and then dislocated after the second one.

“Through pre-season my confidence was high but after it happened once it was always in the back of my mind so it was quite frustrating. I’ve had surgery and in three or four weeks can start running again, but this could be a blessing in disguise.

“Once I get back I want to get ever fitter, spend plenty of time in the gym and maintain that over the off-season so I’m ready and raring to go for pre-season and then come into the JLT Series in full flight.”

The Swans showed great faith in the 203cm ruckman, extending his contract until the end of 2019 on the back of his first few months with the club.

“I was shocked to re-sign so early,” he said.

“But it gives you some comfort and you don’t feel that pressure you have to perform next year. They are an awesome, professional club and that ‘Bloods’ culture is everything it’s talked about.”

Cameron said although it was nice to be home, he would much rather be playing and he believed the Swans were capable of going deep into the season after recovering from a 0-6 start.

He has kept in touch with close friend and former teammate Declan Mountford, who is playing for North Melbourne, and said it was great to see other former North Albany juniors Marley Williams (North Melbourne) and Mitch McGovern (Adelaide) playing well at AFL level.

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