Star Giant Jeremy Cameron is in no hurry to sign a new deal with the club.
Cameron recently accepted a leadership role with the Giants alongside four other teammates who will serve as deputies to new captain Stephen Coniglio.
Cameron is set to become a free agent at the end of the year, but said his decision to take on extra responsibility within the club shows how much the club means to him and that he has a lot to think about in the coming months.
Cameron’s loyalty will be tested when he becomes a free agent, with the Bombers set to throw big money at Cameron to try and pry him away from the Giants.
Cameron stated there was no timeline on his discussions and that he wasn’t worried that although his contract status still remains unresolved, it wouldn’t be a burden during the season.
“Some people get it done really quick, some don’t, some take time like Cogs,” he said on Thursday.
“There’s definitely no timeline, but things are ticking away nicely, I’m speaking to the right people and it’s all looking positive.
“It’s not a decision I want to run into and make straight away, it’s something you’re entitled to take your time [with] and I’ll be doing that.
“But at the same time I want to make sure I can do my job out there on the track week in, week out and play the best footy I can. I’ll definitely be juggling both.”
Cameron said that the long-term re-signings of Coniglio and Lachie Whitfield before Christmas helped soften the intensity of focus around other players coming off-contract.
“I think it does a little bit, to have guys of that calibre who want to stay,” he said. “We seem to have [had] a lot of good players come out of contract in the last couple of years and pretty much all of them have stayed.
“It’s huge for the club … a couple of the boys’ contracts, you’re not really sure what way it’s going to go but it was all really positive and when it comes out, you see in the videos how exciting it was for the club.
“I’m definitely pretty happy with the way things are going. Last year, everyone wrote us off going into finals, and then the way we played in finals really showed where this club’s going. We’re taking little steps each year and hopefully, we can get back there this year. That’s what we’ll be striving for.”
Cameron has kicked 403 goals in 154 games for the Giants, and the club’s decision to appoint Cameron to the leadership group shows how highly the Giants regard him.
Cameron has never thought of himself as a leader previously, but is looking forward to the opportunity to grow his leadership skills that will take his footy to another level.
“It’s probably something I’ve been building to for a while but in recent years I’ve probably sat back and let my football do the talking a little bit,” he said.
“In saying that, out on the field, I enjoy leading the forward line along with Toby [Greene] and the other more experienced guys and it’s a really good opportunity for me, and hopefully it’ll take my footy to another level.”