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Charlie Cameron

#23   Brisbane Lions
Age: 29yr 5mth    Games: 202     Born: July 5, 1994     Origin: Swan Districts
Height: 180cm     Weight: 76kg     Position: Forward
Drafted: Round 1, Pick #7 2013 Rookie Draft by Adelaide Crows
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Charlie Cameron Biography

Saturday, 30 September 2023
Jeremy Howe reveals he played out the 2023 Grand Final win with three broken ribs after a big bump from Brisbane forward Charlie Cameron.

Howe had to leave the ground after the clash, but returned to play out the game in obvious discomfort.

Friday, 31 July 2020
Charlie Cameron signs a contract extension with Brisbane to remain at the club until the end of 2025.

"I've enjoyed my time here at the footy club, and enjoyed my time with the players. I'm looking to win a premiership. It's a young group coming through," Cameron said.

Thursday, 27 February 2020
Eddie Betts makes a huge call regarding former Crows teammate Charlie Cameron.

"I said before if he keeps improving and playing the way he is, he's going to be the best small forward that ever played this game," Betts said.

"I think he's going to take control now. He's an All-Australian small forward, he'll come and say 'listen Ed, get out of my way it's my show now'. He makes me so proud to see what he's achieved so far."

Monday, 30 December 2019
Charlie Cameron says the next step in his development as a small forward is to learn to play on taller defenders.

"When I played tall defenders I tried to wrestle and get off them when I should use my speed and keep my distance and use my running patterns to work around them," Cameron said.

"That's one thing I took from last year, when I played taller defenders I got done a few times."

The former Crow had a breakout season for Brisbane in 2019, kicking 57 goals and earning All-Australian honours.

"Coming here (in exchange) for pick 12 I had a lot of expectation," Cameron said.

"Last year coming back from injury I had no expectation, and now, grabbing my first All-Australian jacket, I've just got to simplify my game to do things for the team and everything else will come."

Wednesday, 18 September 2019
After hyperextending his elbow in Brisbane's semi-final loss to GWS, Charlie Cameron has escaped surgery but will be in a brace for up to six weeks.

Cameron sustained a medial ligament strain early in the game but managed to play out the match in discomfort after having his elbow heavily strapped.

Monday, 12 August 2019
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has likened Charlie Cameron to Cyril Rioli after the speedy forward kicked a career-high six goals against Gold Coast.

"It's an honour to be compared to Cyril Rioli," Cameron said.

"I remember going to the 2015 Grand Final and they played West Coast, I was doing the Grand Final sprint and he won the Norm Smith (Medal).

"It's a huge honour to be named like him, put in that category, but I've got a long way to go."

Saturday, 10 August 2019
Charlie Cameron kicks a career-high six goals to win the Marcus Ashcroft Medal as best afield in the 2019 QClash between Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Cameron now has 47 for the season to sit alongside Jack Darling in fifth spot in the Coleman Medal race.

Sunday, 14 July 2019
Charlie Cameron will play in his 100th game against Port Adelaide this week.

"I've loved it, 73 (games) at Adelaide and 27 at the Lions. It's been an enjoyable 100 games and hopefully there's a few hundred after this," Cameron said.

Cameron was born in Mt Isa, in Queensland's north-west, and despite dabbling in Australian Rules once attending Brisbane's Marist College, his true love as a teenager was with rugby league and rugby union.

However, upon finishing school, Cameron moved with his family to Newman in Western Australia's Pilbara region and in less than two years was on an AFL list.

Playing in Newman, he was spotted by Swan Districts, and after some time in the WAFL, was selected by Adelaide in the 2013 NAB AFL Rookie Draft with the seventh pick.

"I had skills with tackling and my speed really helped me. I wasn't that good a kick coming through the ranks, and at Adelaide I wasn't that good and had to put time into it," he said.

"The more confidence you get the more belief you get. I worked hard to get better."

Monday, 24 June 2019
After a five-goal effort against St Kilda, taking his tally for 2019 to 26, Charlie Cameron is now rated by many pundits as being in the top handful of small forwards in the league.

"I try and impact the scoreboard but as long as I'm doing other stuff that helps the team, like my pressure. I know if I'm putting pressure on, everything else will come," he said.

"It's always exciting when you kick goals and I don't mind celebrating with my teammates and fans."

Thursday, 30 May 2019
Charlie Cameron reveals the story behind the 'motorbike' goal celebration he's begun in the past few weeks.

"I found a clip on Instagram last year and I've just brought it out of the woodworks I guess," Cameron told the club's podcast, The Roar Deal.

"They do it off one leg and I haven't done that. Everyone makes fun of me, but that's my thing now.

"I'll stick with it when I kick goals on the run. It's a little bit of fun and (I'm just) trying to get everyone a little excited."

Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Charlie Cameron says he is driven to prove himself against his old side, the Crows.

Cameron starred in Brisbane's one-point win at the Gabba against Adelaide, kicking three second-half goals from his 16 disposals to go along with five marks and three tackles.

"I remember some comments from my exit review with Don Pyke and a few other coaches that really stuck out," Cameron said.

"I can remember those comments and don't want to say them here, but I remember what they said, and it drives me to prove them wrong."

Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Charlie Cameron says he wants to be one of the top small forwards in the AFL, and to emulate his hero Toby Greene.

"I'm still trying to prove to them that I can play at the elite level. I'm trying to be top-five small forward in the game," Cameron said.

"I watch a lot of Toby Greene; I think he's my favourite player. I try to model my game around Toby Greene, he's an electric forward. I want to take my game to the next level."

Saturday, 27 October 2018
Charlie Cameron's younger brother, Jarrod Cameron, is set to join West Coast as part of their Next Generation Academy program in the 2018 AFL Draft.

"He's got more of the speed and the jump, but I've probably got him in some other skills," Jarrod said about Charlie.

"We didn't play much footy as kids. We played a few games together in the backyard, where he probably got the best of me, so I wouldn't mind playing against him again.

"I suppose there would be a bit of a rivalry there. If I ever played against him in the AFL, I'd probably have a good crack at him."

Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Charlie Cameron is set for surgery on his right foot and will miss the rest of the 2018 season.

Scans confirmed Cameron had ruptured the Lisfranc ligament in Brisbane's loss to North Melbourne.

Monday, 4 June 2018
Charlie Cameron is expected to miss at least eight weeks after injuring his foot in Brisbane's loss to North Melbourne, in what the club fears could be a Lisfranc injury.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Allen Christensen says Brisbane recruit and teammate Charlie Cameron has become an unexpected leader at the club.

"In meetings, he's quite harsh on himself and he'll give direction to other boys if they're going against the game plan," Christensen said.

"If he sees something he's done wrong or one of the boys have gone against the game plan, he'll pick that out, but he's always the first bloke to give some praise."

Cameron said leadership was something that had grown on him after being one of the Crows' youngest in his early years.

"Coming from Adelaide and trying to take what I've learnt from them to this team here, trying to help on field and off-field as well, I'm enjoying the challenge," Cameron said.

"I'd like to influence instead of lead, influence other players and help them out. I'm not really a natural leader."

Thursday, 22 March 2018
Mitch Robinson has warned to not expect too much from the Charlie Cameron in his debut for the Lions.

"Personally, it took me five or six games to understand the game-plan and how certain players played, particularly in the midfield, understanding the ruck combo and how the ball goes inside 50," Robinson said.

"We don't expect him to turn it on straight away, it's going to take time. He knows he's just got to play his role, that's what we all have to do."

Friday, 9 February 2018
Charlie Cameron admits he failed to perform after being part of the Crows' squad for the 2017 Grand Final that lost to Richmond.

"A few times here they've shown a few clips of the Grand Final, talking about Richmond, I had my head down thinking, 'I'm not watching this'," Cameron said.

"You've got to stand up in big moments and I don't think I did that well. It reflects the way we played."

Thursday, 26 October 2017
Charlie Cameron says he is excited to be back in Brisbane.

"Just being close to family," Cameron said when asked why he requested the trade.

"I've got a small community up there, so to try and be a role model for them, try and inspire them.

"I'm looking forward to doing that."

Thursday, 19 October 2017
Charlie Cameron is granted his wish to be traded to the Brisbane in exchange for the Lions' pick 12.

It took until 1.44pm with just 16 minutes to go in the NAB AFL Trade Period before the deal was officially signed off.

"This is what is best for Charlie, on and off the field," Crows list manager Justin Reid said.

"The Adelaide Football Club did the right thing by Charlie and pick 12 is a great result."

Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Adelaide list manager Justin Reid continues to hold firm on Charlie Cameron, saying even Brisbane's pick No.12 would not be enough for the Crows to release the young forward.

"Pick 12 ain't going to help me next year," Reid told NAB AFL Trade Radio.

"We want to get to the last week of September again and Charlie will play 20-25 games and help us get there again.

"That's how we look at the value for us the next 12 months not what the value is right now."

Charlie Cameron struggled with homesickness throughout 2017 season, according to his manager Colin Young.

"Even if you go back this year to his JLT (Series) games, he just wasn't there," Young said.

"We picked up quite early there were issues and he did seek some professional assistance to get him through the year."

Thursday, 12 October 2017
Charlie Cameron's manager, Colin Young, has emphatically shot down a suggestion from Adelaide list manager Justin Reid that the exciting Crow could be traded to a Western Australian club.

"However, Charlie is committed to going and playing in Brisbane in 2018 and will not be entertaining any other club offers," Young said.

"Yes, we have had offers from many clubs, probably eight in total. However, Charlie is absolutely determined to play with Brisbane in 2018."

Monday, 9 October 2017
Charlie Cameron's manager says his client will not re-sign with the Crows at the end of 2018 when his contract ends.

The Crows have repeatedly stated publicly that Cameron remains a contracted and required player at the club despite the young forward's desire to be traded to Brisbane.

"Charlie has indicated that he won't be re-signing with Adelaide after next year," Cameron's manager Colin Young said.

"He has asked for a trade to Brisbane, and if that doesn't get done, he plays in Adelaide next year.

"But he certainly won't be re-signing, he'll be looking to go to Brisbane the following year."

Friday, 6 October 2017
Charlie Cameron's manager Colin Young says his client has asked for trade to Brisbane for compassionate reasons.

"Family and friends are number one for him and that (Brisbane) is where he feels more comfortable living and that will certainly assist his football going forward," Young said.

"In Charlie's own words he didn't have the greatest year, he didn't feel comfortable with the year living in Adelaide and that was certainly a factor to go home."

Thursday, 5 October 2017
Despite being contracted for 2018, Charlie Cameron requests a trade from the Crows, nominating Brisbane as his preferred destination.
Friday, 29 September 2017
Despite speculation on his future at the Crows beyond 2017, Charlie Cameron says he hasn't thought about leaving the club.

"It would be weird if I left," Cameron said.

"I've enjoyed my time here. I've got a great group of people around me in terms of Eddie (Betts) and the other indigenous players, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, that I'm pretty close with."

Friday, 18 August 2017
Brisbane coach Chris Fagan defends expressing his interest in Charlie Cameron despite his Adelaide counterpart Don Pyke being displeased with his comments coming mid-season.

"I was asked a question on radio to which I gave a hypothetical answer," Fagan said.

"If a player was interested in returning home, then of course we would talk to him.

"I think people would be better off just to have a closer listen to the answer I gave to that question rather than shooting from the hip, because it was not my intention to upset the Adelaide Crows footy club."

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Adelaide coach Don Pyke fires a broadside at Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan for flagging his interest in Crows young forward Charlie Cameron.

"He's under contract so he's going nowhere," Pyke said on Wednesday.

"It's unusual you would see comments about players who are under contract.

"I don't think it's appropriate you talk about players at other clubs that are under contract."

Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan has made a strong pitch to potential recruit Charlie Cameron, saying the club would love to have the Adelaide forward on its 2018 list if he was available.

"His age profile and talent would certainly be something we'd be interested in," Fagan said.

"From a coaching perspective, if Charlie Cameron were to be available and interested in coming to Brisbane we'd love to have him as part of our team."

Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Adelaide's indigenous players have rallied around star forward Eddie Betts after he was racially abused at last weekend's Showdown.

Curtly Hampton, Charlie Cameron, Wayne Milera, Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Ben Davis sat down with Betts on Wednesday morning in a show of support.

"We had a catch-up with all of the brothers together for a coffee just to make sure he's all right," Hampton said.

"It was more about asking him face to face, how he's feeling and all that kind of stuff.

"He's feeling good and we're just going to move forward.

"People might think he's Eddie Betts, he's one of the best players to ever play the game, but at the end of the day, he's still human.

"We've got to make sure he's good in that aspect as well."

Monday, 27 March 2017
Rory Laird believes Adelaide teammate Charlie Cameron can be a game-changer in 2017 after improving his running capacity.

Cameron notched a career-high 23 disposals and 8 clearances while also booting 2 goals in the Crows' convincing round one win over GWS.

"He can be a really dominant player and he can add that inside and outside flair to our game," Laird said of Cameron.

"You saw him come off the back of a stoppage and burst through and he really breaks the games open.

"He can be a super damaging player and he's got a lot of confidence in himself and he can rip a game apart."

Friday, 20 January 2017
After being given a taste of midfield action in the Crows' semi-final loss to Sydney in 2016, Charlie Cameron says he wants to spend more time in the middle for his team in 2017.

"I hadn't had much time there before the Sydney game," Cameron said.

"Now I know what I can do, I'm looking forward to going up there for a longer time.

"I asked to work with the midfielders, so now I'm confident when I go up to the wing I can add a little bit more speed to the midfield."

Charlie Cameron says Crows veteran and teammate Eddie Betts has been a great help during his three years at the club.

"Eddie and his wife Anna helped me settle because as a young, indigenous kid it can be tough," Cameron said.

"They helped me out and kept me in line for the eight months I was living with them.

"I know if I need help from Eddie, that I can go to him and he's a shoulder to lean on."

Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Eddie Betts has outlined his "vision" for speeding up the Adelaide midfield, declaring Charlie Cameron and Wayne Milera be given a licence to "run wild" on the wings.

"Having Charlie Cameron and Wayne Milera on each wing we should do that next year and let them run wild," Betts said.

"Looking at the group we have and the youth we have down there we've got some things to look forward to next year."

Friday, 12 February 2016
Charlie Cameron will be sidelined for up to a month after knee surgery, but the Crows are confident he will be fit for the start of the season proper.

"It's only a minor injury, but we thought it was best to address the issue now," Crows high performance manager Brett Burton said.

"Charlie will be on a modified program for a few weeks before returning to full training. He hasn't missed a beat over the pre-season prior to this and he'll be ready for round one."

Sunday, 7 February 2016
Charlie Cameron says a solid pre-season will mean more opportunities up the ground for him in 2016.

"I just need to keep building my engine up and hopefully I can get up into the midfield, on the wing, because that's what Pykey wants," Cameron said.

"I have been [playing higher up the ground] in a couple of the drills that we do, sort of match-sim, I have been playing up on the wing.

"I actually enjoy it up there You find the ball a lot more, plus it's different from being a small forward because you go up but then work back.

"I'm feeling a lot fitter and a lot stronger in my body; last year I was feeling sore after trainings and stuff but now I'm feeling comfortable."

Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Charlie Cameron signs a contract extension with the Crows that will see him remain at the club until at least the end of the 2018 season.

Cameron, who was already contracted for 2016, has signed on for an additional two years after kicking 25 goals so far from 18 games this year.

"I've learnt so much in my short time at the Crows particularly about what it takes to compete at the elite level," Cameron said.

"We have a great group of players at the club and I am excited to continue to work together towards success."

Adelaide head of football David Noble said Cameron was hugely important to the future of the club's forward line.

"Charlie is an important part of our developing forward line," Noble said.

"He is a fierce tackler who uses his speed to apply strong defensive pressure.

"Charlie is always looking to bring other players into the game which demonstrates the club's team-first approach."

Monday, 29 June 2015
Charlie Cameron is the NAB AFL Rising Star nominee for round 13 after impressing in the Crows' 13-point win over the Lions in Brisbane.

Cameron harassed and pressured the Lions' defence, laying five tackles, driving the ball inside 50 a team-high seven times, dishing-out three goal assists and booting a goal.

"I was stoked to get the nomination but I've just got to keep working and try to have another good game," Cameron said.

"I've got to try to have a consistent season."

Charlie Cameron says Adelaide teammate Eddie Betts has been a role model for him at the club.

"He's really influenced me since I've been at the club. He's definitely helped me on and off the field," Cameron said of Betts.

"I learned a few things about the way he prepares, he's pretty professional. It's amazing what he does on the field, all those goals he kicks.

"I enjoy playing footy with him."

Thursday, 13 November 2014
Charlie Cameron will wear Adelaide's coveted No.23 jumper in 2015, made famous by Crows champion Andrew McLeod.

"Everyone knows how special this number is. I'm really excited to wear it because Andrew McLeod is one of the greatest players ever," Cameron said.

"Andrew is really good to me and has helped me out a lot since I got here. I look up to him and what he has achieved on and off the field."

A humble McLeod, however, played down the significance of his former jumper.

"I told Charlie it's not my jumper to give I'm not the owner of it. I was just its custodian for a while," McLeod said.

"I'm pleased that Charlie will be wearing the No.23, but I'd be happy with whoever had it. For me, it's just nice that guys want to wear it."

Thursday, 15 May 2014
Charlie Cameron makes his AFL debut for Adelaide at Adelaide Oval with 13 disposals (6 kicks and 7 handballs), a mark, 5 tackles and a goal in a 21-point win over Collingwood.
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Charlie Cameron is set to make his AFL debut against Collingwood on Thursday night after being elevated to the Crows' senior list.

The rookie replaces skipper Nathan van Berlo, who was already on the club's long-term injury list as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles.

Cameron's form has steadily improved during this year's SANFL season, with the 19-year-old showcasing blistering speed and forward line pressure.

Cameron has booted nine goals in his five SANFL games, including a brilliant bag of four in wet and slippery conditions against Glenelg in round four.

He is the club's leading SANFL goalkicker.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013
The Crows select Western Australian small forward Charlie Cameron with pick No.7 in the rookie draft, a player Adelaide recruiting manager Hamish Ogilvie says they would have been happy to pick up in the national draft.

"We would have been happy to draft Charlie last week so for us it's a bit like getting a draftee," Ogilvie said.

"Charlie's really quick and in that small forward role, to be able to learn from Eddie (Betts) and Ian (Callinan), he's got a couple of great coaches there for him.

"He got to Perth hoping to play in the Under-18s and he played every senior game at Swan Districts. They asked him to tackle in the forward line and he becomes one of the best tacklers in the WAFL."

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