Giants forward Jeremy Cameron will be under immense pressure this year. Photo: Mark Nolan
Two-time premiership player David King dismisses Jeremy Cameron's quiet start to the pre-season as not having ''any bearing on the season proper'' and he is confident the All Australian full-forward is a chance of claiming this year's Coleman Medal.
Cameron took until the third quarter to get a touch in the Giants' 40-point loss to the Sydney Swans in their pre-season game at Manuka Oval on Thursday night. He managed just one goal, four kicks, three marks and one tackle.
It was a rare quiet night for Cameron, who was up against Swans premiership defender Heath Grundy.
King said Cameron had ''so many assets'' it was hard to keep him quiet regularly, a similar problem defences had with King's former North Melbourne teammate Wayne Carey.
Those assets included his ground-level work, his ball skills, his ''canniness'', great overhead mark and he ''runs like a whippet''.
''I don't think his [pre-season] campaign will have any bearing on the season proper,'' King said on Friday.
Cameron is swamped by the Swans defence in Canberra on Thursday night. Photo: Getty Images
''Both clubs … it's really hard to know from the outside looking in what their training program's been - whether they're going flat-out now or pulling back and tapering .. But he's a star, he'll have no problems getting going again.
''I think he's a rare talent, he's just got so many assets as a player. To know what he's doing is one thing, to defeat that is a totally different situation.
''Having played with probably the best forward of our time, Wayne Carey, everyone knew what Wayne was going to do, but stopping it was an entirely different conversation.''
The 20-year-old Cameron enjoyed a breakout season last year, kicking 62 goals to finish third on the AFL goal-kicking ladder behind Coleman medallist Jarryd Roughead.
It was a remarkable effort in a team that won only one game and led to him getting the nod as the All-Australian full-forward.
And King backed him to be a contender for the Coleman again this season - provided the Giants can get him the football. The former Kangaroos midfielder felt recruiting Swans ruckman Shane Mumford and Collingwood defender Heath Shaw would help.
Plus having Jon Patton back from a knee reconstruction will make the Giants less predictable and Cameron more dangerous.
''Absolutely [he'll be in the Coleman running, but] it'll all depend on the amount of supply that he gets and have GWS got the firepower to get the ball down to him in the midfield,'' King said.
''They're going to be better this year with the inclusions of Mumford and Shaw and those guys.
''He's going to be up against Roughead, [Travis] Cloke, those sorts of players that are going to be right at the pointy end of another finals campaign.
''… It's going to have to help him if there's going to be another talent [Patton] down there.
''If you can confuse defences about where you're going with the ball you tend to get more one-on-ones, you tend to get more opportunities to assert your dominance. He'll enjoy having another target down there no doubt.''
The Giants' next pre-season game is against St Kilda in Wagga Wagga next Saturday.