The Gold Coast SUNS have committed to signing 18 year-old, Clay Cameron as a Queensland zone selection at the 2012 NAB AFL Draft to be held on the Gold Coast.
Cameron, a product of Mt Gravatt, said he was rapt to be joining the GC SUNS, a team he trained with over the pre-season.
“I can’t wait to join the Gold Coast SUNS and start my AFL career, and what makes it even sweeter is being able to do it in Queensland.”
“They are a fantastic club and are one of the most exciting teams in the competition, and having had the chance to train and play with the reserves I’m just looking forward to getting down there,” Cameron said.
One of the most promising young players in the country, Cameron is a member of the AFL/AIS Academy.
A tall defender who can play forward, Cameron impressed with both Mt Gravatt and the GC SUNS reserves in the NEAFL in 2012.
But Cameron’s dream wasn’t always AFL. His father represented Queensland secondary schools in rugby league. That could have been the passion of the 191cm 83kg junior, while he was also a hot prospect in track and field.
In 2004, Cameron was ranked No.1 in his age group in discus and No.8 in high jump. In 2005 he ranked No.2 in discuss in the Pacific. And in 2007 he ranked No.7 in shot put in Australia and No.8 in discus.
Despite the array of talent Cameron possessed, AFL won out, and now the youngster will realize his dream.
GC SUNS List & Strategy Manager, Scott Clayton said Cameron had been on the club’s radar for some time, but it was his standout performance in the 2011 Under 18 Championships that sold the SUNS.
“Clay looks a real player, we have been thrilled with the way he has developed, and his football has continued to impress us.”
“He is quick and agile and can play at both ends of the ground. Clay is strong overhead, with and outstanding natural leap and clean hands.”
“Being eligible to be selected as a Queensland zone selection, we have been fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time with Clay, he knows our program, players and coaches.”
“We are pleased that the SUNS remain a vehicle for young Queenslanders to be drafted, Clay now joins Alex Sexton and Jackson Allen as graduates of the Golf Coast SUNS Talent Academy,” Clayton said.