SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 01: Jeremy Cameron of the Giants kicks a goal during the round 15 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Geelong Cats at Spotless Stadium on July 1, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Giants star forward Jeremy Cameron could be the unlucky name to be squeezed out of Leon Cameron’s plans for next season as the club look to re-sign several key out-of-contract names.

Cameron has struggled to find his best form across the past month, booting just five goals – including two goalless games – and grabbing two marks from his last five matches.

The GWS spearhead has long been linked to a move south of the border, with Geelong looking as the best fit for both parties.

The Giants currently have a host of A-class names on big money, with Cameron, Zac Williams and Hayden Perryman all set to cause financial headaches come the end of the 2020 season.

AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson said that Cameron’s latest slump could see him walk to Geelong.

“Remember when Cameron used to come charging out like an old-fashioned full-forward and ‘if you get in front of me, you’re going to wear one’? Everyone said ‘Jeremy you can’t do that’, so he stopped doing that … He’s overcorrected his aggression,” Robinson said.

“He either stays at the Giants or he goes to Geelong – there’s my opinion.”

Cameron was set to collect close to $1.5 million in 2020 before the effects of COVID-19 strained the AFL’s financial situation.

While Cameron was ranked as the highest paid player in 2020, he could be looking for a pay upgrade in his next contract with the Giants.

Essendon great Matthew Lloyd said that Cameron should be expecting a pay cut when opening negotiations for his future.

“Why would you pay someone $1.2 million when he’s going to be hot and cold with his effort?” Lloyd said on Footy Classified.

“You pay someone over a million dollars – to Dustin Martin or to a (Patrick) Dangerfield – because you know what you’re going to get week-in, week-out. At the moment, Jeremy is picking and choosing when he wants to compete.

“He wasn’t (overpaid) last year, but this year he hasn’t been able to get out of his form slump because his attitude hasn’t been right to play the game.

“I wouldn’t pay him over $1 million next year. I would give him a massive pay cut – obviously we’re in the climate where we need to – but on his performance, he doesn’t deserve to be in the top 10 (highest) paid players in the game.”

The Giants have blooded plenty of youth this season, warranting a number of youngsters such as Jye Caldwell and Jackson Hately to be chasing pay upgrades in the near future.

The Giants are set to face Fremantle at Optus Stadium on Saturday.