Cameron welcomes Stengle re-signing

July 1, 2024 12:40 pm in by
Jeremy Cameron (right) has welcomed the re-signing of Tyson Stengle. (Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

Jeremy Cameron says Geelong teammate Tyson Stengle was the subject of some ‘friendly banter’ on the training track as he weighed up his football future.

The crafty small forward was the subject of opposition interest, with St Kilda reportedly lodging a six-year deal.

Yesterday, the Cats announced Stengle had put pen to paper on a five-year contract that will keep him in the Hoops until the end of 2029.

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Cameron says it was the cherry on top of Saturday’s 45-point win over Essendon.

“We were stoked when we heard Tyson committed long-term to the club,” Cameron said.

“He’s an important piece, and he’s given so much. The fans absolutely love him.

“He plays well in big games, the big moments, and we’ve seen that since he’s been here.

“The win was very good, but that was quite nice after the game when we found out.”

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Geelong was without veteran forward Tom Hawkins for Saturday’s victory over the Bombers as he commenced what is expected to be a 6-8 weeks stint on the sidelines with a footy injury.

Cameron says it provided the Cats with a different dynamic.

“He hasn’t missed many games for the club, and he brings all that on-field leadership,” Cameron said.

“It was different; we had other guys that had to step up, and that on-ground leadership in the heat of the moment is so important.

“So, it was important we got that right on the weekend, and we all drove that standard that he normally brings.”

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Shannon Neale was presented with an opportunity in Hawkins’ absence.

Despite his modest eight disposals, two marks, and 1.1, Cameron was pleased with the way the 21-year-old competed in the wet conditions.

“For talls, you’re probably not marking it as much as you like,” Cameron said.

“But, he still managed to get a hand in; he was bringing the ball to ground.

“He’s always working to improve with the other forwards, and he’s coming on really well.

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“I’m excited to see him play more games of football, and the more you play as a key position, the more comfortable you feel.

“Another 20-30 games into his body is going to be very exciting for the football club.”

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