Leon Cameron won’t be wondering if he wants to stay on as GWS manager beyond 2022, but he’s confident speculation about his future in the AFL won’t distract his players.
Cameron is out of contract at the end of the season and he and GWS have put talks on hold until after the current season.
But despite the scrutiny GWS’s 1-4 start to his ninth season at the helm has generated, Cameron had no plans to address his future sooner.
“That’s the main reason we put it off until the end of the year, because then both the club and the manager can make a really good, solid decision,” Cameron said.
“Of course I’m enjoying my training, but still, like I said earlier in the week, I’m not dumb. When you’re 1-4, you’re under more scrutiny than most, than if you’re 4-1.
“But it’s not going to change. Whether we get to the 15th round mark and we’ve done it and we’re 10-5, my answer will be exactly the same: we and the club will make a mature decision at the end of the year.
“Because it’s not just about continuing one more year, but three or four more years and you decide: is the coach the right person? Does the coach have the right amount of energy to do it?
“Ross Lyon was always very, very good at this and I admire what he did as a manager: you can’t be 98 per cent as a manager. You either have to be 100 per cent or you’re not there.”
“So that decision will be made by the end of the year.”
While he knew his future would come up every week, Cameron was determined that he would not upset him or change the plan to delay contract talks.
“My job is not to worry about what outside influences are saying about me because that’s a distraction and I don’t want it to become a distraction,” he said.
GWS will have Toby Greene back from suspension for Friday night’s clash with St Kilda.
Cameron played down suggestions that winning was a must for his final hopes and was adamant that the “external noise” surrounding his future would not distract his players.
“There will always be distractions. Dealing with those distractions is part of being an AFL footballer and I’m really sure they’ll deal with that,” he said.
“That the coach hasn’t signed a contract yet or that their discussion is expected until the end of the year, that doesn’t mean that six players are going to go down by five or 10 percent. That doesn’t work.” path.
“My job is to make sure they are playing good football. Their confidence is down a bit but… there was good football against Fremantle and Melbourne, it just needs to be longer.”