New Lion Cameron trying to forget grand final pain
BRISBANE Lions recruit Charlie Cameron has not seen a replay of the grand final which his old team Adelaide lost - and he's not hurrying to find one either.
Cameron last year pledged four years of his life to the Lions when a trade went through, preferring to live closer to family in Queensland.
The lively 23-year-old small forward checked out of a club he joined in a grand-final run which was stopped abruptly by premiers Richmond.
"You want to play a good game in a big game but I don't think I stood up,'' Cameron said.
"The week before that in the preliminary final, I kicked five goals.
"I don't watch the grand final. After that, I deleted my AFL app and everything just so I could forget about it.''
Some professional athletes are fortunate souls able to not replay over their minds snapshots of moments in big games that were lost and Cameron is doing his best in faraway Brisbane.
"You try to forget, but there are little things that trigger memories for what happened in the grand final,'' he said.
"The sun comes up the next day. You can't do anything about it.
"I do watch games from last year and see what I can improve.
"I haven't looked back in terms of moving here. I miss my mates in Adelaide but I'm not regretting moving here.''
Brisbane invested heavily in bringing Cameron to the club, trading pick 12 to Adelaide in the draft.
Mt Isa-born Cameron is from a population of 200 people on Mornington Island, one of the Wellesley Islands in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
After going to school on a scholarship at Brisbane's Marist Brothers Ashgrove, he was drafted out of Western Australia by the Crows, making his senior debut in 2015.
Cameron played 24 games last year and kicked 29 goals, with 16 disposals and one goal in the grand final.
He said he is looking forward to seeing how Lions on-ballers Hugh McCluggage (18 games), Alex Witherden (nine) and Jarrod Berry (16) advance their careers in their second season.
"The talk going around is there is a big improvement so far for our contested ball and defence. The future is bright,'' Cameron said.
"You want it to click quickly. I've played 73 games and have that experience that I hope to pass on.
"There's the emerging group like McCluggage, Witherden and Berry that are coming through, plus Cam Rayner in his first year, and the group including Luke Hodge and (fit again players) Allen Christensen, Mitch Robinson.''
Brisbane will take on Sydney on Saturday in a JLT Community pre-season series match at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex.
Cameron, who the Lions hope will form a forward-line association with the athletic Eric Hipwood, said he was working hard with forwards coach Jed Adcock and midfield coach Dale Tapping.