GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: Jeremy Cameron of the Giants celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 04 match between the Geelong Cats and the GWS Giants at GMHBA Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

Geelong have pinpointed GWS forward Jeremy Cameron as a successor to Tom Hawkins, as the Cats looks towards a future post-Hawkins.

Hawkins has played 238 games over his 13 seasons at the club, and is entering the twilight of his career as he turns 31 in July.

Cameron, on the other hand, is in some of the best form of his career, as he currently leads the Coleman Medal race with 24 goals from just six games, including a bag of seven against Richmond in round three.

The Giant will come out of contract at the end of next season, and is set to be one of the most sought-after free agents of the 2020 off-season.

However, GWS are looking to sign Cameron to an extension this season, in a bid to ward off potential suitors.

The Giants once again could find themselves in a salary cap squeeze, with Josh Kelly recently re-signing, while Stephen Coniglio is in the final year of his deal, and Lachie Whitfield having one more year to run.

Cameron grew up in western Victoria, with the Giants spearhead fitting in with the Cats’ mantra of looking at players from the area in a bid to bring them back home.

If Cameron does leave GWS for Victoria, the Cats could have to contend with Hawthorn for his services, as the Hawks look to fill the void that will soon be left by Jarryd Roughead.

The Hawks have already been linked with a Giants forward, with Jon Patton already reportedly on their radar.