By: JESS WEBSTER
Bombers swoop on former Sun Clay Cameron
Delisted Gold Coast Suns utility Clay Cameron has signed with the Redland Bombers for the 2017 NEAFL season.
The 22-year-old former Mt Gravatt junior will relocate back home to Brisbane for the first time since he was selected via the Vultures as a Queensland zone selection by the Suns back in the 2012 National AFL Draft.
He played 23 games for Gold Coast before being delisted this year.
Cameron said he felt Redland were the best fit for the next phase of his football development, and is excited by the potential in the youthful squad.
“I saw the opportunity with a young group, and pushing them towards finals and taking on a leadership role, would challenge me a little more,” he said.
“Growing up in the AFL system at the Suns you learn a lot from some of the best leaders going around, like Gary Ablett and Steven May and Tom Lynch.
“I want to bring that experience back to the NEAFL. Naturally I am quite introverted so being able to speak and drive the standards is something I am looking forward to."
The former Queensland under-18s representative is one of several new faces at the club, with new coach Leigh Harding, former Brisbane Lions forward Jackson Paine and returning Essendon top-up player Sam Michael among the additions.
Cameron, who began training with the club this week, believes there is huge potential at the Bombers to regain a place in the finals.
“A lot of the younger boys got a few senior games last year which was a great help for their experience,” he said.
“I had my first training session Tuesday night and it was good to get back out there. It was really upbeat, and you can sense it going to be an exciting year.”
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