Flexibility is a key asset for any footy player who wants to remain in the top 22, which is the case for Charlie Cameron, who will see more of the middle in the 2017 AFL season as a member of the Crows, who have one of the deepest and efficient forward lines of any side in the league.
Cameron has been tested extensively during the pre-season with the club’s on-ball brigade after he showed the versatility to play that role effectively in the semifinals against the Swans last season.
In order to make room for Cameron in the middle, the Crows have taken advantage of the ability to perform multiple roles of Scott Thompson, a valuable veteran who will move to half-back. Thompson may cause Rory Laird to spend more time in the midfield.
These sorts of “problems” are the type every AFL head coach would love to have, so Don Pyke has every reason to smile over the final weeks of training as he performs the delicate chemistry experiment of player abilities, egos and form to determine the best formula to take the Crows to the next level.
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