Why rivals should be very nervous about Cameron
If an underdone Jeremy Cameron can kick six goals and sit second in the Coleman Medal race, AFL rivals should be nervous about when he gets back to full fitness.
The GWS spearhead has carried a nasty toe injury since the round three loss to Sydney.
For a time it stopped his training completely and then in round seven against Geelong forced him to rest it completely.
He returned the following week against West Coast and has been slowly building up his workloads over recent weeks and the evidence clear to see against the hapless Gold Coast.
Not only did Cameron snare half a dozen majors he also racked up a career high 26 disposals as he worked up the ground.
After the match the star forward revealed the full extent of his ongoing injury.
"There were probably about seven or eight weeks where I didn't train at all," Cameron told the Daily Telegraph.
"It makes it hard to back up and play when you are just going game to game. I'm just starting to almost do most of training and I'm starting to get on top of the little niggles as well which is great."
The 25 year old is still not back to 100 per cent fitness and said his sore toe is still affecting his kicking for goal.
Three of his six goals on Saturday came from Steve Johnson style kicks around the corner because it relieves pressure on his troublesome toe.
"I feel more comfortable kicking around the corner because it doesn't hurt as much," Cameron said.
"Sometimes you sense the moment and want to get on with it so I kicked it around the corner. It's one of those funny injuries when you have to use it all the time, you run 13-14 k's on it and it's my kicking foot. It's something I've had to manage but it's going OK."
Leon Cameron lauded his young star's courage after the game not only for his ability to carry injuries but for his attack on the ball which he described as occasionally 'suicidal'.
The GWS coach would dearly have loved his services in the preliminary final against Richmond but ongoing hamstring troubles forced him to miss six of the last nine games including their last two finals.
Cameron is one Giants who will benefit enormously from the bye.
"My body is starting to feel good," Cameron said.
"We are starting to turn our form around
"We wanted to win two of the three going into the bye and then freshen up. Hopefully we can come back nice and fresh and then we can go again for the important part of the year."