The reigning premiership captain – affectionately dubbed ‘The Mayor’ – Cameron Ling is Geelong born-and-bred and was one of the most respected and beloved players in the game with three flags to his name.
A full-forward as a junior, the flame-haired Ling turned himself into the competition’s best tagger. He won the Carji Greeves Medal in 2004 as the Cats’ best and fairest, and was All-Australian in 2007.
Intelligent, articulate and upbeat, Ling proved to be a natural on TV during a number of guest appearances with Seven last year, on AFL Game Day and Friday Night Footy.
When asked what viewers can expect from his commentary in 2012, Cameron says in typically modest and self-deprecating manner: "Please be patient! It's fair to say I will be carried by the great guys I'm working with, but I should have some fun in it as well."
Cameron says fans interested in analysing team strategies in 2012 to expect "mayhem on the bench" with player rotations. "It'll be almost ice hockey like changeovers on the bench, three on three off every few minutes, leading to players having to sort out positions on the field as opposed to coming from the coaches' box."
Cameron believes we will also see more resting of player policies.
"Especially against GWS and Gold Coast in order to rest key players for big games and finals, so there’ll be some missing stars occasionally."
On the premiership front Cameron predicts Geelong, Collingwood,Hawthorn and Carlton to battle it out for the flag.
"A combination of hard experienced players and good young talent coming through will see these clubs in contention. And I know I am completely biased but I believe Geelong can do it
When talking players in contention for the highest individual award this year Cameron says to look out for Chris Judd and Andrew Swallow.
"Because Carlton will win more games again this year Judd will have a greater chance. And Andrew Swallow is such an important clearance and contested player."
On joining the Seven commentary team Cameron says he looks forward to working with great people, seeing footy from a different angle and challenging himself in a new environment.
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