Adelaide livewire Charlie Cameron says the lure of returning to Queensland is far from his mind as he prepares for the AFL grand final.
The line-breaking forward looms as one of the Crows’ deadliest weapons in Saturday’s premiership decider against Richmond at the MCG.
Already enjoying a breakout season, Cameron showed he belonged on the big stage when he booted five majors during last week’s preliminary final win over Geelong.
Brisbane have made no secret of their interest in the 23-year-old, who was drafted from Western Australia but grew up in Queensland and has family there.
Lions coach Chris Fagan last month declared he would love to have Cameron in his side, angering Crows counterpart Don Pyke who said it was inappropriate given Cameron is contracted until the end of 2018.
Speculation about his future continues to swirl but Cameron says there’s no strong desire on his part to return home.
“Not really. I guess I’ve always had that thought but I’ve enjoyed my time (in Adelaide),” Cameron said at Friday’s grand final parade.
“I’ve got a great group of people around me with Eddie (Betts) and the other indigenous blokes like Cam Ellis-Yolmen that I’m pretty close with.
“I guess there’s always rumours about me leaving. I’m just preparing for this week so I haven’t really thought about what’s going to happen in the near-future.”
The 30-year-old Betts has become a strong mentor to Adelaide’s indigenous youngsters, and Cameron has proven no exception.
When Cameron arrived at West Lakes as a homesick 19-year-old, Betts and his wife Anna took him into their home, snuck vegetables into his meals and helped him adjust to life as a professional footballer.
“He’s been amazing for me in terms of my transition into the AFL,” Cameron said.
“He’s helped me out a lot, so it would be weird if I left.
“But I haven’t really thought about leaving. I’m just trying to focus on footy and focus on tomorrow.”