LEON CAMERON was recruited by the Footscray Bulldogs Football Club ( now the Western Bulldogs ) from the South Warrnambool Football Club ( VIC ) at 16 years of age. He was Pick No. 7 in the 1988 AFL National Draft and played 256 AFL Games, kicking 108 Goals until his retirement at the end of the 2003 Season.
Cameron was a dashing wingman/centreman early in his career and enjoyed highly successful 1990 and 1991 AFL Seasons. He was lightly- framed, had significant running ability and was a long and accurate kick on both sides of his body.Knee surgery during the 1992 Season halted his development and it was feared that his best Football may have been past. Cameron then displayed his strong work ethic to recover his best form and duly won the 1993 Footscray Bulldogs Best and Fairest Player Award ( Charles Sutton Medal ). His continued elite level of performance was maintained through to the end of the 1995 Season, when he won the Melbourne Age Newspaper Player of The Year Award.
Leon Cameron was then beset with a number of injuries, which virtually wrote off his 1996 Season. He was switched to a Half- Back Flankers role in 1997 and became a springboard for many Bulldogs attacking forays. He had an inherent ability to run many metres with the ball and cap his disposals with precision foot passes. Cameron continued in a similar role for the Bulldogs in the 1998 AFL Season, however after a less productive 1999 Season, he was traded to the Richmond Tigers. He played 84 Games with Richmond from the 2000 AFL Season until his retirement as a player, on completion of the 2003 AFL Season. He coninued to be a strong contributor for the Tigers, repelling opposition Club’s attacks and creatively using the ball to his Team Mates advantage.
Upon retirement as a Player, Cameron returned to the Western Bulldogs in 2004 as an Assistant Coach. He was widely respected for his contribution at the Bulldogs where he remained as an Assistant Coach until the end of the 2010 AFL Season. It was then that the Hawthorn Hawks contracted Cameron to an Assistant Coaching role from 2011 until his departure at the end of the 2012 AFL Season.
The 2013 Season saw Cameron sign on as the Senior Assistant Coach at the Greater Western Sydney Football Club , to work under Master Coach, Kevin Sheedy. On Sheedy’s retirement at the end of the 2013 AFL Season, Leon Cameron was appointed Senior Coach at Greater Western Sydney for the 2014 Season. His young side has enormous talent and huge upside potential, which has been enhanced with the signing of experienced AFL Players, Shane Mumford and Heath Shaw.
Leon Cameron will be seeking much more competitive performances on a weekly basis throughout the 2014 Season. Although, best judges can only envisage 5 or 6 Wins in 2014 for GWS, Cameron would like to quickly close the gap to the Top 8 Teams. It would not be unrealistic to expect GWS to be playing in the AFL Finals Series by the end of the 2018 AFL Season.