By Ian Beeck | posted on March 6, 2020
ALBANY’S Darcy Cameron has quickly understood the pecking order at the Collingwood Football Club after being traded from Sydney at the end of last season.
The 204cm ruckman is hoping to add to his one AFL game but realises he will have to play forward and help out in the ruck while Brodie Grundy plies his trade as the number one ruckman for the Pies.
Grundy is a dual All-Australian, won the Pies Fairest and Best – the Copeland Trophy – for the past two years and was the 2018 Herald Sun Player of the Year.
“I’m not going to kick Brodie out of his spot,” Cameron joked.
“But it is great learning from the best ruckman in the game and he sets incredibly high training standards.”
Cameron played at North Albany in the Great Southern Football League before heading to Claremont.
In the 2016 AFL national draft, he was taken at pick 48 by the Sydney Swans and finally made his long-awaited debut on July 21, 2018 against the Gold Coast Suns at the SCG.
When Cameron relocated from Sydney to Melbourne, he moved in with Carlton co-captain and midfield bull Patrick Cripps.
Cameron and Cripps, from Northampton, have been close friends since playing together in junior WA state sides and Cameron said he learnt a lot from the ‘ultimate professional’.
There is also an Albany connection at the Pies with former North Albany player and 227-gamer with Collingwood, Tarkyn Lockyer, who is the team’s Head Development Coach.
Cameron is 24 as he enters his fourth year in the AFL system and says he feels comfortable at Collingwood and is arguably fitter than he has ever been.
On Sunday, Cameron played a starring role in the pre-season competition against Richmond, picking up plaudits from coach Nathan Buckley.
Collingwood take on the Western Bulldogs on March 20 in round one of the AFL and Cameron will know he has done everything in his power to be at the forefront of selection.