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Sel backs Jezza to raise the bar

Geelong forward Jeremy Cameron. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

AN faultless run through pre-season has Geelong forward Jeremy Cameron primed to have a more significant on-field impact in 2022, according to captain Joel Selwood.

The former GWS star was restricted to just 15 games for the Cats as he battled hamstring issues but still managed to kick 39 goals.

However, the 28-year-0ld has so far got through pre-season with any reappearance of last year’s concerns.

“He’s an exceptional talent, and I think he’s only just touching the sides on the sort of player he can be,” Selwood said.

“We’ve seen him from afar for so long up at GWS and understood that he was a very, very good player.

“It’s when he’s in your backyard, and you see it day to day and out on the training track, that you really have an appreciation that he can do a lot of things that other players can’t do.”

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Last week, Geelong returned to pre-season training for a nine-week block before the Round 1 meeting with Essendon at the MCG on March 19.

“You can still get a hell of a lot of work in throughout that time,” Selwood said.

“We’ve just got to make sure – even with guys filtering back through with the (health and safety) protocols – they don’t miss after having a piece of training off.

“We’ll make sure we manage that well.”

Meanwhile, Category B rookie signing Oisin Mullin has chosen to remain in Ireland instead of taking up an offer to join Geelong.

Reports surfaced last week that the two-time winner of the Gaelic Young Player of the Year Award was reconsidering coming to Australia, with the 21-year-old from County Mayo confirming on Sunday he would be staying put.

“Going to Australia to play professionally was a really interesting opportunity, and it was something I wanted to research and consider in detail,” Mullin said.

“It was a big decision for me as playing for Mayo with my friends is a huge honour and something I love doing, so I wanted to take the time to consider all aspects of it.

“I am grateful to everyone who helped me during the process. I especially want to send my appreciation to everyone at Geelong Football Club.

“I want to thank them for their understanding and wish them every success for the future.”

Geelong list manager Andrew Mackie said he appreciated the difficulty Mullin faced in making the call to knock back the Cats.

“Moving to a new country to take up a new game is a significant decision, and we respect the fact that Oisin has decided to remain at home,” Mackie said.

“We have enjoyed getting to know Oisin through this process and wish him well with Mayo as they seek an All-Ireland title.

“We hope he can achieve his goals both on and off the field.”

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