Cameron takes move from rugby country in his stride

Charlie Cameron has enjoyed a stellar first season. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d407022
Charlie Cameron has enjoyed a stellar first season. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d407022

The Queensland-born and Newman raised apprentice mechanic, who has been part of the black and whites for three years, originally played in the colts after being spotted by the club’s talent scouts. He became a league member at the start of the season.

Cameron said although he had grown up with rugby he had found the transition to Australian Rules an easy one.

‘Both games are similar in lots of ways,’ he said.

‘It was more understanding game plans and different strategies, so I felt it was pretty easy.

‘When we moved to Newman there was no rugby and because I liked playing sport I thought I would give AFL a go ” I’ve not looked back, it’s a great game.’

The 19-year-old, who played three games with the colts’ side last season, said he was happy with how his first year in the league had gone and hoped it would help him in the National Draft Combine next month.

‘I’m pretty happy with my season and playing some finals football is a nice way to end it,’ he said.

‘However the club makes sure I keep my feet on the ground because you’re only as good as your last game of football, so as long as I keep playing good football the rest will take care of itself. Being invited to the combine testing is a huge thrill, as this time last year I would never have thought I would be in this position.

‘It’s thanks to Swans and all their hard work; I live in the Swans house and they provide me with the right environment to play good football.’

As for which AFL team he would like play for in the future Cameron said any opportunity would be a dream. ‘Just to be given the opportunity to play at the highest level would be great,’ he said.

‘To be on the big stage, to make my family back home proud and to prove that if you want something bad enough and work hard enough you can achieve it.’