Chris Scott has declared Geelong’s boom off-season recruit Jeremy Cameron ready to play, ahead of the Cats’ tough task against West Coast in round six.
The former GWS forward and 2019 Coleman Medal winner has been battling hamstring injuries since joining the Cats but Scott said it was time to unleash him into the forward 50 in the blue and white hoops.
“Ready to go. He’s in,” Scott said.
“I am also putting a bit of pressure on our medical and conditioning staff. It is about time,” Scott then joked.
Cameron’s arrival would be perfect timing given the Eagles boast one of the strongest aerial defensive units in the competition.
The dual All-Australian would also be a much needed boost for the Cats, who were again not great in their win over bottom-of-the-ladder North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday. The coach had said last week that the club were being deliberately cautious with their new star.
Geelong missed a lot of opportunities and were poor kicking inside 50, but given the amount of possession and chances they had ended up over-running the young North side.
“We were still going OK statistically in the first quarter,” Scott said. “I would like to say we started executing better [but] I don’t think it was that, I think it was the weight of numbers [chances].
“If you looked at the numbers overall you’d be happy … a lot of shots, a lot of inside 50s, a lot of possession, a lot of the numbers looked positive.