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Cameron happy to take his time with GWS Giants contract talks

Cameron said there was “no timeline” on his discussions with the Giants and wasn’t worried that having his contractual status unresolved heading into the new season would be a burden on him.

“Some people get it done really quick, some don’t, some take time like Cogs,” he said on Thursday.

The new GWS Giants leadership group, minus captain Stephen Coniglio. (From left) Matt De Boer, Toby Greene, Jeremy Cameron, Lachie Whitfield and Josh Kelly.

The new GWS Giants leadership group, minus captain Stephen Coniglio. (From left) Matt De Boer, Toby Greene, Jeremy Cameron, Lachie Whitfield and Josh Kelly.Credit:Louise Kennerley

“There’s definitely no timeline, but things are ticking away nicely, I’m speaking to the right people and it’s all looking positive.

“It’s not a decision I want to run into and make straight away, it’s something you’re entitled to take your time [with] and I’ll be doing that.

“But at the same time I want to make sure I can do my job out there on the track week in, week out and play the best footy I can. I’ll definitely be juggling both.”

Cameron said long-term re-signings Coniglio and Lachie Whitfield, who inked a seven-year deal with GWS before Christmas, softened the intensity of focus around other players coming off contract.

“I think it does a little bit, to have guys of that calibre who want to stay,” he said. “We seem to have [had] a lot of good players come out of contract in the last couple of years and pretty much all of them have stayed.

“It’s huge for the club … a couple of the boys’ contracts, you’re not really sure what way it’s going to go but it was all really positive and when it comes out, you see in the videos how exciting it was for the club.

“I’m definitely pretty happy with the way things are going. Last year, everyone wrote us off going into finals, and then the way we played in finals really showed where this club’s going. We’re taking little steps each year and hopefully we can get back there this year. That’s what we’ll be striving for.”

The club’s decision to appoint Cameron to the leadership group shows the high regard in which he is held, having played 154 games and kicked 403 goals for the Giants since making his debut in 2012.

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Cameron never thought of himself as a natural leader but said he had grown into one progressively and that it was a “privilege” to work under Coniglio in an official capacity.

“It’s probably something I’ve been building to for a while but in recent years I’ve probably sat back and let my football do the talking a little bit,” he said.

“In saying that, out on the field, I enjoy leading the forward line along with Toby [Greene] and the other more experienced guys and it’s a really good opportunity for me, and hopefully it’ll take my footy to another level.”

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